It seems like Honeycomb will Thrive while Windows 7 might be faltering, at least where Toshiba is concerned. Reports have surfaced that the Japanese electronics corporation could be halting development and production of an anticipated Windows 7 tablet, focusing instead on the Honeycomb Toshiba Thrive.
According to the DigiTimes the Windows 7 tablet has disappeared completely from Toshiba’s product roadmap, leaving the Thrive as the only known tablet currently in production by the company. Toshiba has in no way indicated this fact, and DigiTimes’ “facts” could generally be considered sketchy at best.
One speculation on the matter is that Toshiba is delaying its Windows tablet until the arrival of Windows 8, which should be more touch-friendly and could make the currently business-oriented Windows tablet PCs a more attractive option to a wider audience.
Windows 8 is not expected until sometime in 2012 however and there is the possibility that Toshiba has just quit on Windows tablets in general for the time being. In the meantime, we’ll keep playing whack-a-mole with the Thrive, which has been briefly popping up on various retailers’ websites, but currently lacks anything in the way of an announced U.S. release schedule.