It's unclear from the story whether Asus is interested in basing a Windows 8 Padfone on Windows Phone 8 with some tweaking or on Windows RT or on full Windows 8 with phone capabilities added.
Microsoft has moved Windows 8 applications to Windows Runtime so they can readily be ported to Windows Phone 8, so blending devices in addition to blending operating system programming architectures makes sense.
The tablet that the phone snaps into might even be something like the Surface RT, which has a removable keyboard so the tablet can be used like a notebook as well.
None of this can be done without Microsoft's blessing, so we'll just have to wait and see what they say to Asus' proposal. Here's what Asus' Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile-communication products, told the Journal: "With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8. There is no target timeline ... but we are interested in making Windows phones."
HP's CEO Meg Whitman stands behind Windows 8 despite its early failure to turn around the slumping PC industry, something it's not really fair to expect a new operating system to do, but which nevertheless many seem to have expected.
Whitman says HP will stick with Windows 8 doggedly and perhaps with blind faith.
"Listen, Windows 8 did not appear to grow the market," Whitman said in an interview with SFGate. "But we are in early days, and the magnitude of the user-interface change and features were substantial. We have to stick with this. I am a believer. We are going to continue to invest in this platform. Whenever you do something of this magnitude in this kind of environment, you have to stick with it."
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