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Microsoft confirms Dell, Lenovo, Samsung Windows RT devices on the way

Microsoft has confirmed that Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung will be producing Windows RT devices, though product details and exact release dates were not revealed.

"You will need to stay tuned for more details; PC manufacturers will be unveiling their products as we approach the Windows 8 and Windows RT launch," Mike Angiulo, vice president of Microsoft's Ecosystem and Planning team, wrote in a blog post.

"Dell's tablet for Windows RT is going to take advantage of the capabilities the new ecosystem offers to help customers do more at work and home," Sam Burd, vice president of Dell's PC product group, said in a statement. "We're excited to be Microsoft's strategic partner, and look forward to sharing more soon."

Microsoft's Windows 8 OS has been designed with touch-screen mobile devices like tablets in mind. Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 that is optimised for the ARM-based processors that power the vast majority of tablets and smartphones currently on the market.

"Delivering Windows RT PCs has been about building out a new system for the first time—a completely new ecosystem of PCs providing opportunities for PC makers to bring to life a new generation of PCs with new capabilities, starting with ARM-based processors," Angiulo wrote.

Angiulo said that consumers "can expect to see everything from ultra-thin sleek designs with stunning high-resolution displays, to beautifully designed All-In-One PCs with large immersive displays complete with touch, to high-power towers rocking multiple graphics cards and high-performance storage arrays."

He reiterated that much like your smartphone or tablet OS, Windows RT software won't be available to buy off the shelf. "Over the useful lifetime of the PC, the provided software will be serviced and improved," Angiulo wrote.

Last month, there were reports that Samsung was putting together a new tablet running Windows RT, which will be unveiled at the software giant's coming out party for Windows 8 in late October.

Asus already unveiled plans for a Windows RT-based device, dubbed the Tablet 600, at Computex earlier this summer.

Shortly after Computex, meanwhile, Microsoft unveiled its own Surface tablet, which will come in Windows RT and Intel-based flavours. Redmond reportedly only gave its partners a heads up about the Surface several days before it was announced, and in a recent regulatory filing, the company admitted that its Surface tablet might hurt its relationships with PC manufacturing partners. Acer, in particular, has had some choice words for Microsoft, while HP tabled plans for a Windows RT tablet in favour of a business slate using the version of Windows 8 optimized for x86-based chipsets.