Announcements about Surface For Windows RT tablets have been conspicuously absent in recent weeks. Now an article in China Times reveals that Microsoft and ARM processor manufacturers have intentionally limited the OEMs for Windows RT tablets to a small set of companies.
NVidia is working with Asus and Lenovo.
Texas Instruments is working with Toshiba.
Qualcomm has partnered with Samsung. (HP was a Qualcomm partner, but they dropped out so they could focus on Windows 8 tablets.)
There's a separate rumor that Nokia (now a subsidiary of Microsoft) is working with Qualcomm on RT.
These five OEMs will show RT tablets when Windows RT is introduced in late October. Hopefully they will have products to ship before the holidays.
After January 1, Microsoft is opening RT to all manufacturers. So we should see a flood of inexpensive RT tablets from Chinese sources in Spring next year.
It remains to be seen how much software will be available for Windows RT. Microsoft says they will make a version of Microsoft Office for RT. But I have not heard announcements from other Windows software developers about support for RT. Have you?