Microsoft, OEM Partners Show Windows Devices at Computex
Whether they flip, dock or transform, Microsoft's OEM partners have no shortage of tablets and PCs on hand at Computex.The Computex trade show in Taiwan draws a massive crowd, and Microsoft is working with OEM partners to showcase the scope and variety of the Windows device ecosystem. Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Original Equipment Manufacturer Division, said in a June 4 blog post that his company's partners are helping it "deliver a broad range of Windows devices with new designs across more price points and in new markets." Parker also noted the "rapid delivery of enhancements in Windows," referencing Microsoft's accelerated software release cadence, and new licensing programs. Last month, Microsoft announced Windows 8.1 with Bing, a zero-cost licensing program that the company said paves the way for inexpensive Windows-based tablets and systems that feature Bing as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. "As we move forward, many of these lower-cost devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing," announced company spokesperson Brandon LeBlanc in a statement. At Computex, Microsoft joined with device makers to show off the latest batch of devices sporting the company's tablet-friendly Windows 8.1 operating system (OS). Highlights include Intel-based convertible PCs from Asus, HP and Dell.
The Transformer Book Flip from Asus, powered by Intel Core processors, features a display that "flips" 360 degrees and folds flat, enabling the device to double as a tablet. Transformer Book Flip will ship in three screen sizes: 13.3 inches, 14.0 inches and 15.6 inches. Asus also showed off the Zenbook NX500, the company's first laptop with a 4K/UHD display. The 15.6-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen features a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels.