The low number of qualifying devices puts TouchWins in the same general category as the Surface and Microsoft's Signature class of "crapware"-free PCs. Like those lines, TouchWins pushes systems Microsoft believes parade Windows 8's capabilities. It's just one more attempt to put the OS's best possible foot forward, said analyst Carolina Milanesi of Gartner.
TouchWins could also be seen as a stop-gap move, one that takes the best Windows 8 devices available now if, as Milanesi and other analysts expect, by this fall OEMs will have moved to newer processors that deliver much longer battery life -- one of the biggest criticisms of current hardware running Windows 8 Pro.
Already-enrolled partners can jump onto the TouchWins program immediately, said Roskill, while others will be able to sign up later this summer.
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