According to Brooke Crothers at CNET, Microsoft tablets that run on ARM-based chips may hit some snags when being released. Microsoft’s manufacturing partners like HP are struggling to get the ARM-based Windows RT operating system working perfectly.
As you may know, Microsoft will be releasing two versions of Windows 8 — one that will run on Intel chips and is compatible with older versions of Windows and one that will run on chips that are designed by ARM. The ARM-based version is designed for lighter-weight and lower power PCs.
Since Microsoft has never released Windows for ARM before, they are trying to slowly release Windows for tablets until they get it perfected. This could lead to Microsoft’s tablet operating system to become delayed until the start of next year for all tablets except the Surface. When Microsoft releases the Surface tablet, it probably will not be as widely released.