By next-big-future.comMicrosoft is reportedly set to partner with Dell to bring its Windows 8 platform to the company’s PCs and laptops.
The partnership could pave the way for Windows 8 to be installed on more than half of the PCs and laptop models manufactured by Dell in the next two years, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Dell and Microsoft have been in talks about a new operating system for a while.
Dell recently announced plans to bring Windows 8 and Office on PCs, but Microsoft has not announced a plan to integrate the two technologies into a single operating system.
Microsoft and Dell are currently locked in a bitter contract dispute, with Microsoft claiming that Dell is using a Windows 8 SDK to build its Windows Server platform and that Microsoft has violated its patent licensing agreements.
Dells recently said that it would stop using Microsoft’s Windows 8 Windows Server software and would use its own software instead.
Microsoft has been reluctant to share details about its partnership plans, citing antitrust laws, but it’s believed that the company would launch the new operating systems for the Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating systems in the coming months.
The partnership with Dell could open the door for Windows 7 to replace Windows 8 in Dell’s home market, where Microsoft’s Surface line is the most popular tablet, and it could be a key factor in Dell getting its $13 billion acquisition of Microsoft’s Office division off the ground.
The Windows 8 OS will not be built on Microsoft’s own OS and will be built using Microsoft-developed APIs.
It will not support the Windows XP operating system and is designed for businesses and organizations that are already using Windows XP.
Microsoft also is expected to roll out the new Windows 8 desktop operating system to PCs and notebooks in the fourth quarter, but that information was not available to the public.
Microsoft announced last month that it was dropping support for Windows XP on Windows 10 machines, a move that will result in about 60 percent of desktop PCs and tablets running Windows 8 by the end of the year.