Microsoft is positioning Windows 8 to work not only on traditional computers but also on tablets, aiming to compete more effectively against the iPad. The Apple device has been making inroads not only among consumers but also in businesses — striking at the heart of Microsoft’s traditional profit center.

So how will PC makers leverage Windows 8 on tablets? A leaked image and specs, uncovered by Neowin, provide a early glimpse of a business tablet from HP called the “Slate 8.” According to the image, it comes with a 10.1 inch screen and offers 8-10 hours of battery life, and runs Windows 8 Professional.

See Neowin for the full list of specs and other details. It appears to be an early design, but it’s thinner than an iPad and looks like the kind of machine you’d want to pick up and try, at least.

Microsoft plans to issue a “release preview” of Windows 8 in June, but hasn’t yet given a final release date.

Via Business Insider and CNet News.

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  • Guest

    I remain skeptical of any claims of weight/battery life/thickness for intel-based tablets until somebody’s had hands on with a production unit.

  • tr7fan

    apparently windows 8 is doomed for failure since theyve decided to take away the start menu. users dont have time to screw around with cute little fish on the screen they need to get work done. it ll be insteresting to see the how mad buyers get when they buy and install and os that doesnt have a start menu visible 

    • dragonlady1970

      but you can turn this feature off too, just like you could turn Aero off to speed up your PC in windows vista & 7

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