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Microsoft Hands Out 5000 Win 8 Tablets to Developers

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Attendees at Microsoft's BUILD conference were this week gifted with free Core i5 Windows 8 tablets.

This week at BUILD, Microsoft talked all about Windows 8 and told developers what they can expect from the next iteration of Windows. However, the company also gave devs a little gift to ensure they get off on the right foot with Windows 8. The Redmond company dished out no fewer than 5000 Windows 8 Samsung slates to attendees.

Rumors about Microsoft gifting BUILD attendees with a Windows 8 tablet started last month, during Microsoft's TechEd conference in New Zealand. Microsoft afforded attendees there a glimpse of two Windows 8 tablets and some reported that Microsoft may be giving one out to attendees at BUILD. On Tuesday, right on schedule, Microsoft handed out thousands of free Samsung-made Windows 8 tablets. The tablet will give developers a head start for developing for Windows 8 as well as a chance to try out some new hardware.

ComputerWorld reports that the tablet in question is similar to the Samsung Series 7 Slate with a few customizations. Windows President Steven Sinofsky said that the Windows version has more sensors and AT&T has added a 3G-capable radio to the tablets. Devs will get 2GB of monthly data service free of charge for 12 months. Specswise, the tablet boasts a second generation Core i5 CPU, an 11.6-inch Super PLS 1366×768 display, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, USB, HDMI port, microSD slo.

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    southernshark , September 15, 2011 2:19 PM
    The specs on that tablet are pretty tight.
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    silverblue , September 15, 2011 2:45 PM
    A tablet with an i5 CPU? I suppose stranger things have happened.
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    southernshark , September 15, 2011 2:19 PM
    The specs on that tablet are pretty tight.
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    nadavp3 , September 15, 2011 2:21 PM
    NICE

    go ms =p .. man competition is good for us :)  thank god for android\ios madness
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 15, 2011 2:29 PM
    Hey,I hate tablets & I always will. No good for your eyes you know. As long as the developers make some money out of this & like usual some will like the freebie.
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    kilo_17 , September 15, 2011 2:35 PM
    Pretty sick tablet with specs like that
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    silverblue , September 15, 2011 2:45 PM
    A tablet with an i5 CPU? I suppose stranger things have happened.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 15, 2011 2:49 PM
    Ah, finally proper tablets arrive. THAT can replace my netbook, if the battery life is any good (though the price must be way more than for a netbook), while iOS and Android (no matter how much I like Android) toys will NEVER do that for me. I don't want to migrate from the programs (not crApps, PROGRAMS) that I use in Windows.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 2:58 PM
    @silverblue
    you never noticed the EEE Slate, been around for over half a year now

    @amk-aka-phantom
    not even close to a netbook, imagine an i5 laptop without a keyboard and your closer to the mark, and considering it's an i5 sandy bridge laptop it's prices relatively reasonable actually
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , September 15, 2011 3:03 PM
    Makes me wish I was a developer.
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    silverblue , September 15, 2011 3:04 PM
    Not really been that clued up on the more powerful tablets; I hope devices like this can push the iPad etc. into the "budget tablet" segment. (Apple WON'T like that :p  ) Might actually do Apple some good to design a power version of the iPad for this sort of thing.
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    rantoc , September 15, 2011 3:10 PM
    Clever move, sure they all cost quite abit but considering that dev's are one of the critical components of success in the os wars, this will be well worth it in the end!
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    Pyree , September 15, 2011 3:21 PM
    Nice spec and actually runs window. If the price is right, it has the potential to replace the entire netbook class computer as well as some of the lower end laptop.
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    alidan , September 15, 2011 3:25 PM
    i will consider the first tablet that comes with a high end wacom screen to be my personal god, and name my first born (if that ever happens) after it.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 15, 2011 3:42 PM
    Quote:
    @silverblue
    you never noticed the EEE Slate, been around for over half a year now

    @amk-aka-phantom
    not even close to a netbook, imagine an i5 laptop without a keyboard and your closer to the mark, and considering it's an i5 sandy bridge laptop it's prices relatively reasonable actually


    +1 on the Eee Slate comment, somehow people keep forgetting about it... wait, not "somehow", it's the price of the damn thing, but at least it exists.

    It HAS a keyboard. Don't you see a part of the dock on the photo?
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    silverblue , September 15, 2011 3:43 PM
    No need for the personal attacks. In any case, there's a market for these sorts of devices regardless of how much you might dislike them or people who express an interest in them.
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    Pyree , September 15, 2011 3:51 PM
    @Wish I Was Wealthy's profile

    Ok, hating tablet made by certain company which is under power and cannot do many task due to limited software available is one thing. But come on! I mean how can you hate a full window os tablet with i5. It is basically a proper laptop with the touch screen replacing the keyboard (which can be added by attachment).
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    Pyree , September 15, 2011 3:52 PM
    ^ok I mean @Wish I Was Wealthy. Bad copy/paste.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 15, 2011 3:53 PM
    Quote:
    @Wish I Was Wealthy's profile

    Ok, hating tablet made by certain company which is under power and cannot do many task due to limited software available is one thing. But come on! I mean how can you hate a full window os tablet with i5. It is basically a proper laptop with the touch screen replacing the keyboard (which can be added by attachment).


    Take a look at the whole list of his messages and that will answer your question.

    EDIT: You can edit your messages (as long as you view the comments on the forum).
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    Pyree , September 15, 2011 4:16 PM
    ^Thanks. Didn't know that.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 4:44 PM
    i5=yes; battery life=no
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 4:58 PM
    Apparently the MS tablet department just got thawed after spending the last two+ years cryogenically frozen. That's the only plausible explanation *I* can think up for their, "Hey, let's make a tablet JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER ONES NOBODY BOUGHT FOR THE LAST DECADE!" approach...
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