Dell Adds Windows 8 to Multiple Brands, Offers Four PCs for Pre-Order
Dell will make Windows 8 available on its XPS, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision brands, and made four PCs with Windows 8 available for pre-order as of Oct. 12.Dell this week took a backseat to frontrunners Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, each of which was pleased to see it had out-muscled the other during the year's third quarter. Gartner found Lenovo to have finally ousted HP from the global No. 1 spot, after several quarters of closing in on it, while IDC's data put HP ahead of Lenovo by a fraction. Both firms agreed that Dell had placed third, while losing market share at a pace outdone only by HP, and that overall buyers had put off purchases of PCs in anticipation of Microsoft's Oct. 26 launch of Windows 8. On Oct. 12, Dell did something to partly address both points: It announced that four PCs running Windows 8 are now available for pre-order, and that it will make Windows 8 an option on its current XPS, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision brands. "Dell and Microsoft have strived to make technology more accessible and intuitive for more than two decades, and the introduction of new Dell PCs and Windows 8 software is another important milestone in this journey," Sam Burd, vice president of Dell's PC Product Group, said in a statement.
The XPS 12 is the first of the four now available for pre-order. Unveiled at the IFA 2012 trade show in Berlin Aug. 30, it's a tablet hybrid with an unusual architecture. Instead of a display that disconnects from the keyboard, or twists and lays down over the keys—routes Lenovo has taken—it features what Dell calls a "flip hinge," which in the most basic of terms enables the display's aluminum frame to stay put while the glass inside it spins.