Windows-based tablets havenâ€™t been treated kindly by the test of time. Those released in the Windows XP era relied on wonky, stylus-based data entry, and even modern, touch-based tablets running Windows 7 are poor performers.
Indeed, Microsoft has a troubled tablet history that the public isnâ€™t soon to forget. This November, Forrester released a study that showed consumer interest in a Windows-based tablet dropped significantly this year. At the start of 2011, 46 percent of potential tablet owners wanted a Windows device. By Q3, that number slipped to 25 percent.
Forresterâ€™s report stated, â€œWindows 8 hasnâ€™t entered the consciousness of tablet buyers yet.â€
Thatâ€™s a shame because Gadget Lab has seen a Windows 8 tablet in action, and the experience opened our eyes to just how useful â€” and, yes, even fun â€” a Windows 8 tablet might be. Sure, Microsoft was demoing a mere reference design, but what we saw was so intriguing, weâ€™re legitimately excited to see final, shipping products.
Windows 8 is being developed from the ground up to elegantly run on both traditional computers (desktops and notebooks) as well as touch-based tablets. The OS can run on either ARM or x86 processors, though apps written specifically for the x86 desktop environment wonâ€™t be able to run on ARM-based mobile devices.
Is this a terrible handicap? No, not based on what weâ€™ve seen. Windows 8 tablets will run an updated version of the Metro UI found on Windows Phones, and the UI appears to transfer remarkably well to larger touch screens. Youâ€™ll get that same fun, friendly and animated â€œLive Tileâ€ home screen found on Windows Phones, but with (theoretically) much more processing power to drive more powerful apps.
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