Microsoft has confirmed that Asus, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba will be authorized to sell Windows RT tablets.
The Surface touchscreen tablet ©Microsoft
Microsoft's next OS will support Intel (Windows 8) and ARM-based (Windows RT) processors. NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have been chosen to produce the all-in-one chip -- dubbed System on a Chip -- equipping the RT tablets.
Intel said it intends to feature its chip on some twenty models with ten hardware-manufacturing partners, with no further details.
First Microsoft tablet "Surface" will come in both Windows 8 and Windows RT versions.
Microsoft will launch Windows 8 October 26 with the first compatible tablets set to follow.
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