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HP becomes latest hardware firm to unveil Windows 8 range

HP has become the latest big-name hardware manufacturer to make public its range of Window 8-ready machines

HP has become the latest big-name hardware manufacturer to make public its range of Window 8-ready machines

Just last week, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer unveiled the new operating system, expressing his belief that it will mark a "defining moment" for the company.

More specifically, Bill Gates' number two argued that Windows 8 will breathe new life into the global PC market, with this latest announcement from HP supporting this.

Releasing the details of its latest models, the US technology giant has confirmed that it has adapted not just business-focused PCs, but also a range of all-in-one desktops and home laptops to Windows 8.

Highlights of the range include the SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook, which boasts a 15.6-inch multitouch screen, as well as the eagerly-anticipated ElitePad 900 tablet, which is due to hit the shelves at the start of 2013.

Launching the products to coincide with the fever surrounding Microsoft's own unveiling, HP senior vice president James Morton explained that the new machines have been specially designed with the needs of business and leisure users on-the-go in mind.

"Consumers and organizations now can choose from a broad range of HP PCs featuring multitouch displays, versatile form factors, sleek designs or customizable solutions that address their needs," he said.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is gearing up for the start of its latest BUILD developer conference, with the event set to take place just days after the company unveiled its Surface tablet computer to the world.

As with previous years, the conference will see some of the world’s top Windows developers gather and discuss a wide range of topics, including improving the operating system for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 games console.

According to PC World, Build 2012 will be particularly notable for the priority being given to the newly-launched Windows 8 OS, with the website noting that many of the delegates are keen to explore the way in which this latest upgrade to the series can be adapted to PC gaming titles.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801478274-ADNFCR