Asus Eee Pad dumps Windows 7 and opts for Android instead

Back at the end of May Pocket-lint got its grubby paws on the Asus Eee PC, or to give it its full name the Asus Eee Pad EP101TC, at the Computex conference in Taiwan.

Now, at the time, the potential iPad botherer was running on Windows Embedded Compact 7, the updated version of Windows CE.

However, reports now suggest that the 10-inch tablet has ditched the Windows CE platform and instead is going to launch with Android 3.0 at the beginning of next year, with a CES unveiling looking likely.

What's not clear yet though is whether the Asus Eee Pad EP121, the 12-inch tablet, would be dropping Microsoft's OS as well. When we saw this device back at Computex it was running the full-fat version of Windows 7, not the CE modified variety.

If Asus does decide to ditch Windows completely it will be a big blow for Microsoft who had announced, via CEO Steve Ballmer at its WPC earlier this month, that Asus was one of the players on board for a Windows 7 tablet revolution.

We can see why Asus would have dropped CE in favour of Android on a lower powered tablet, but we can also see the benefit of having a fully functional Windows 7 tablet in its armoury as well.

We'll have to wait and see how this one pans out.

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