re: Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
Ok, a couple things here: First, Microsoft, as others have said, was very clear on its plans for Surface. The Surface RT was set for Windows 8 Release (10/26) and the Surface Pro was given a loose "three months later" release date. That puts it at or around the end of January. That was always the release date for the Pro, and isn't news. Why Microsoft wanted to approach this is unknown, though part of it could be a desire to focus on one product release at a time, hammering out RT details before moving on to the Pro. That's complete conjecture on my part, though.
The second thing: the Pro is going to run an i5, not an Atom. So, the delays to Clover Trail are not related to the Surface's January release date. The Clover Trail does seem to be delayed, but OEMs are also slow-rolling their tablet strategies as well. The Dell XPS 10 has the same mid-December release date as the Latitude 10. That's an RT tablet that again isn't affected by Clover Trail. The only Windows 8/RT tablet you can find right now (besides the surface RT) is the ASUS VivoTab RT. The Samsung SmartPC is supposed to come out any day now, though, so maybe more are on their way.