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Windows 8 a fitting competitor for the Apple iPad iOS

Although Android tablets have been gaining increasing market share, they are still not as popular as the iPad, could Microsoft challenge the tablet market with their new OS Windows 8? It certainly looks very likely, Microsoft have always had success with successive operating systems after a major revamp, take Windows Vista and Windows 7 as an example, the latter builds on the success or rather the failure of the previous OS.

Windows 8 looks to establish itself as the OS of choice for tablets by building on the success and refined touch interface that was first introduced in Windows Phone, a successor to the Windows Mobile.

Just like the iPod and iPhone when they were first introduced, there were many that were skeptical about the user interface but nowadays it is not uncommon to see a Windows user with an iPad.

The Metro user interface seen in Windows Phone is now getting more coverage and establishing itself as an alternative touch interface to the likes of iOS used in iPhones and iPads.

Microsoft have partnered with Samsung to build their Windows tablet, this is a wise move as Samsung have shown to be capable of producing lightweight ultra portable laptops devices for the Windows OS in the past.

Let's look forward to the release of the Windows 8 tablet...

 

posted on Saturday, September 10, 2011 8:59 PM Print
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# re: Windows 8 a fitting competitor for the Apple iPad iOS
Carlos Caballero
9/11/2011 4:48 AM
Love it so far: the features shown are solutions to everything that still frustrates me on the iPad, after buying it on the first day of availability:
- awful application switching (pre-1980's)
- hidden file system
- taking away all things we used to like in multiple-window interfaces (since 1980's!)
- patronizing of the user (no drag and drop unless specifically implemented by the app) 1990's
- etc.

This may be my reason to go back to Windows after using it rarely for Exchange or Excel compatibility only. This is important because for many people W8 will not just be an upgrade, but rather looked at as yet another new experience.

BUT The cuestion now becomes: in how many ways will MS screw up things that I already expect from a tablet?

That combination of give and take may be worth the position of valid tablet contender for MS, no?

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