HP aims for quick switch to Win­dows 10 on PCs, tablets

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One of HP’s first prod­ucts to get Win­dows 10 will be the 8in Pro Tablet 608 G1.

Act­ing quickly to move away from Win­dows 8, HP will start pre­in­stalling Win­dows 10 across its old and new PCs and tablets within days of the re­lease of the new OS on 29 July.

One of HP’s first prod­ucts with the new op­er­at­ing sys­tem will be the 8in Pro Tablet 608 G1, which will ship in July with Win­dows 8.1 and from Au­gust come with Win­dows 10 pre­in­stalled. Cus­tomers buy­ing the tablet in July will be able to up­grade the OS for free. The screen dis­plays im­ages at a 2048x1536-pixel res­o­lu­tion, and its abil­ity to dis­play more con­tent on­screen could make note-tak­ing more con­ve­nient.

Other PC mak­ers are also ex­pected to move quickly to pre­in­stall Mi­crosoft’s new op­er­at­ing sys­tem on their desk­tops, lap­tops and tablets. Dell is ex­pected to of­fer Win­dows 10 on its PCs from 29 July, while Acer and Len­ovo will soon fol­low.

Mi­crosoft is pro­vid­ing free up­grades to Win­dows 10 from Win­dows 7 and 8.1 for one year. HP wasn’t sure when Win­dows 10 would be re­leased, so it made sense to keep PCs ready for the new OS, Nash said.

But there’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween up­grad­ing to Win­dows 10 and hav­ing the new OS pre­in­stalled, par­tic­u­larly on PCs. Up­graded sys­tems will have Win­dows 10 as the de­fault OS, but they will still have Win­dows 8.1 as the re­cov­ery op­er­at­ing sys­tem. PCs with Win­dows 10 pre­in­stalled won’t have a trace of Win­dows 8.

HP has worked closely with Mi­crosoft on build­ing driv­ers, user in­ter­faces and BIOS-re­lated fea­tures re­lated to Win­dows 10, ex­plained Nash.

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The PC maker is par­tic­u­larly keen on bring­ing Win­dows 10 to its hy­brids as the new op­er­at­ing sys­tem is bet­ter at adapt­ing to dif­fer­ent PC us­age mod­els. Hy­brids run­ning the OS will be able to au­to­mat­i­cally switch be­tween tablet and desk­top in­ter­faces, based on a de­vice’s po­si­tion. It’s also more so­phis­ti­cated at analysing sen­sor data, which helps iden­tify whether the de­vice is in lap­top or tablet mode.

With the 608 G1, HP sees po­ten­tial ad­van­tages from pack­ag­ing In­tel’s new Atom chips code-named Cherry Trail with the new OS. The chips pro­vide faster ap­pli­ca­tion and graph­ics per­for­mance than pre­vi­ous Atom chips. The tablet is 8.35mm thick and has a USB Type-C port for charg­ing and data trans­fers. It has a 2Mp front and 8Mp rear cam­era, and up to 128GB of stor­age.

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