Microsoft Windows 8 Tablets Coming In Q1 2012?

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Dell is set to launch a Windows 8 tablet in the first quarter of 2012, one year from now, which will be codenamed Peju, which refers to an area in the Napa Valle in California well known for its vineyards.

Android Central published a tablet roadmap which also lists another Windows tablet, known internally as Rosemap which will have a 1366x768 pixels screen resolution (higher than Honeycomb's 1280x800 pixels requirement) and expected to land in June 2011.

Peju will not, unlike other Dell tablets, have an Android alter-ego and we suspect may be a slot in replacement for Windows 7 in Rosemount; this will mean that Rosemount will be an x86 device rather than an ARM-baed one.

Microsoft demoed Windows 8 at CES in Las Vegas and its CEO, Steve Ballmer, confirmed that the operating system will be run on the ARM architecture natively.

The next version of Windows 8 is expected to be released towards the end of the year with a raft of products flooding the market in 2012.

Dell's leaked roadmap also means that Windows 8 is clearly targeting both Honeycomb and Chrome OS, both of which may become a single OS by the end of the year.

Windows 8 is also expected to come with native support for cloud computing services based on Microsoft's own Azure platform with cloud backup being one of them.