A ROADMAP LEAKED from Dell suggests that a tablet running Windows 8 could appear early next year.
The blog Android Central received the timeline, which it said was leaked by a reliable tipster. The tablet, codenamed Peju, is clearly marked to be running Windows 8, an operating system that Microsoft hasn't even confirmed yet.
Since Microsoft said last October that the next version of Windows was two years away, a Windows 8 tablet could happen by 2012. But it seems a bit early for an upgrade for Windows 7, so it is more likely there will be an interim version of Windows that can run on tablet computers.
Windows 7 isn't designed for tablets, and touchscreen devices running the Windows operating system don't look great. It doesn't look like Windows Phone is for slates either, so it would make sense for Microsoft follow the path of Google, which released Android 3.0 Honeycomb specifically for tablet computers.
Other tidbits from the Dell roadmap show that the company has four Android tablets in the works for 2012. All to run Honeycomb, their codenames are Gallo, Sterling, Opus One and Oak.
It also shows Android updates for Dell's Streak 7-inch tablet and a handwriting update for the Gallo late in the year, which suggests that a stylus might be included with that model. µ