Does Microsoft Even Need Hardware Partners for Windows 8 Tablets?

If you missed the news, HP will not be making any tablets that only run the WinRT (aka Metro) part of Windows 8. It says the decision came before the unveiling of Microsoft's Surface tablet, but others say HP decided against it because it was miffed that Microsoft decided to compete with its own partners. But here's the larger question: Would it even make a difference one way or another if other companies produced Windows 8 tablets? [Bloomberg]


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