HTC developing Windows 8 ARM tablet

It seems that HTC is developing an ARM based tablet, which will run Windows 8.

The rumour has appeared on the Twitter page of Eldar Murtazin, who is the editor in chief of Mobile-Review.com .

It looks like a similar story has appeared on TFTS  which suggests that the new processor will be made by Qualcomm.

With multiple leakage like this, it would appear that there is some truth behind the rumour. It makes sense anyway. HTC rival Samsung has already released a tablet running the developers’ preview version of Windows 8 to the attendees of last week’s BUILD Conference.

HTC is a lot closer to Microsoft than Samsung and has been making smartphones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating systems.

What this will mean to users of the tablet is that they will not be able to run traditional Windows software. Microsoft has made it clear that Windows on ARM will not run anything made for x86 processors.

On the plus side that will mean that malware will not be able to infect both PC and ARM versions of the code. It means that the ARM based version of Windows will need a separate ecosystem of app stores.

This might actually kill the whole idea off, particularly if Microsoft does not adopt the platform with much enthusiasm.