Michael Dell says Windows 8 tablet version looks encouraging

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, said his company remains interested in Android tablets, but also noted Windows 8 will be a viable competitor.

On a second quarter conference call with analysts, Dell said the company’s early work on Windows 8 “looks to be pretty encouraging.”

Here’s how Dell handicapped Google-Motorola and the tablet market overall:

It’s too early to say because Google obviously hasn’t finished the transaction and they haven’t said a whole lot about it. Certainly patents play a big role here and having Android with a stronger ability to exhaust patent claims against it probably sets up an interesting competitive dynamic. We’re still quite interested Android. I’ll also tell you that our early work on Windows 8 on the tablet side looks to be pretty encouraging and so we think it’s shaping up to be a competitive environment. I don’t think beyond those two that there are viable alternatives that make sense so there’s a lot of other noise in the market that I don’t think will amount to much of anything.

Microsoft partners all seem to be excited about Windows 8.

It’ll be fun to see what type of tablet Dell finally comes out with next year. I can only imagine what it’ll take to face the Ipad 3.