Samsung to roll out a line of Windows 8 tablet computers

9 Sep 2011

Korean electronics giant Samsung is preparing a new line-up of tablet computers based on Microsoft’s Windows operating system that could debut in the next month.

Microsoft is expected to demonstrate two Samsung tablet computers running its next operating system Windows 8 at its international developer conference, BUILD, next week in California.

The news comes as Samsung has found its Google Android-based Galaxy S line of smartphones blocked in Europe by an injunction sought by Apple, as well as its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, blocked today in Germany. From early October Samsung Galaxy phones will be blocked in the Netherlands only, a Samsung spokesperson pointed out.

So far, there are more than 19 different lawsuits taking place in nine countries worldwide concerning Samsung’s smartphone and tablet products.

While Samsung leans heavily on the Google Android operating system, it has a number of Windows Phone 7 devices in the market.

The prospective launch of Samsung 10.1-inch tablet computers sporting Windows 8 software in the next month or so could take the sting out of the legal travails the manufacturing giant is enduring.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years