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Dell Reveals Windows 8 Tablet Plans

Dell is returning to the world of tablets, but not on the Android side of the fence just yet. Dell's next challenger to the dominant iPad will be a range of Windows 8 slates.

While the company hasn't ruled out Android, it's the Windows 8 potential which the firm is currently focusing on. Dell's chief commercial officer Steve Felice was talking to Reuters at the weekend, and expanding on the company's plans to challenge the iPad - with a focus on the enterprise environment.

He feels office workers, increasingly frustrated with clunky desktop computers in comparison to the iPads they have at home, will be seeking a serious business tablet. And Dell intends to step in and provide exactly that, offering Windows 8 along with Microsoft Office, other productivity software, and security measures which Apple's wonder-slate can't bring to the enterprise market.

Analysts have already indicated that Microsoft could be on to something with this Windows 8 line of attack in 2012, particularly in conjunction with Windows Phone, and having its operating system uniform across smartphone, tablet and desktop platforms.

Felice told Reuters: "We're very encouraged by the touch capability we are seeing in the beta versions of Windows 8."

He acknowledged that Dell may also make Android tablets again, despite the Streak heading swiftly down the drain, adding: "We have a roadmap for tablets that we haven't announced yet. You'll see some announcements... for the back half of the year. We don't think that this market is closed off in any way."

Dell won't be the only pusher of Windows 8 tablets, naturally, with Lenovo and HP examining their tablet options in the light of the decline of the PC. Nokia also potentially has an Arm-powered Windows 8 slate rumoured for a fourth quarter release date.