Lenovo planning to launch the first Windows 8 tablet

Lenovo planning to launch the first Windows 8 tabletYeah, we know it's rude to be talking about anything at all besides the new iPad today, but as the year progresses we're likely to be hearing more and more about Microsoft's great tablet hope – Windows 8.

And it looks like there'll be no shortage of OEM takers either, from Microsoft's traditional buddies in the PC trade to more recent romances like its affair with mobile stalwart Nokia.

The latest name to be linked to Windows 8 is Lenovo, which has laid its cards on the table and declared it'll be the first to market with a Windows 8 slab.

That's what The Verge is reporting after a hasty chat in a dark alley with an unnamed source, who also insists that October is when Microsoft's next-gen platform will launch.

Aside from an Intel processor there's nothing much else to report on the device itself, although The Verge reckons Lenovo's 13.3in IdeaPad Yoga, which was spotted at CES this year, may be a sign of what to expect.

We'll have to wait and see, but with Dell having promised to launch a tablet of its own on Windows 8 launch day, we're curious to know just how Lenovo is going to manage getting there first.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 16, 2012 at 13:05

Metro UI Side Efects....

http://www.power-pressure-washers.com/images/articles/emergency-eye-wash.jpg

blizzard7  Mar. 16, 2012 at 18:05

@JanSt
I'm not even going to ask :p

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 16, 2012 at 18:40

I sooo dislike the Metro UI on WP, and yesterday I used Win 8 ... OMG. I hate it. Hate it. :p Had to wash my eyes and scrub my brain. All article featuring a Metro UI image should come with a warning from now on ...

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 17, 2012 at 11:21

The MetroUI is a sh*t replacement for the old start menu. There's no way businesses are going to buy copies of W8 if they can't have the normal, more functional, start menu. If it's the case that the normal start menu isn't available, I know I'll be requesting that our IT dept. stick with W7.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 17, 2012 at 11:28

The MetroUI is a sh*t replacement for the old start menu. There's no way businesses are going to buy copies of W8 if they can't have the normal, more functional, start menu. If it's the case that the normal start menu isn't available, I know I'll be requesting that our IT dept. stick with W7.

Yes,
no offence, but that tile 'homescreen' is toy-is. Like the 'old' media-centre... and recently M$ admitted that 90+% of people never use the media-centre. Once, to look at it, and then never again.


I am, by the way, not saying Win8 is bad or anything along that line. I'm merely stating my opinion:

I hate the appearance.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 17, 2012 at 11:33

I agree 100%. I wish I'd stuck with the developer preview of W8 rather than upgrade to the consumer preview, at least (with a small hack) I could turn off all the Metro UI crap and just have the W7 start menu, but still have all the speed advantages of W8...

Microsoft will have shot themselves in the foot big time, if businesses can't buy a version of W8 without all the tablet optimized MetroUI stuff.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 17, 2012 at 11:42

I agree 100%. I wish I'd stuck with the developer preview of W8 rather than upgrade to the consumer preview, at least (with a small hack) I could turn off all the Metro UI crap and just have the W7 start menu, but still have all the speed advantages of W8...

Microsoft will have shot themselves in the foot big time, if businesses can't buy a version of W8 without all the tablet optimized MetroUI stuff.


Yes, because, for one, that "eyecandy" sucks serious resources. A 'normal' Windows desktop - a few icons here, a folder there, the taskbar etc... that can suck 40% of processing power. Just TO RENDER when you work with a program and want a peek at the desktop... Now think what happens on anunderpowered PC/Laptop...you work with a heavy program that your machine just about handles okay, and then you want to look at the Metro page...kaboom...

I also dislike that it creates a completed schizo look. The UI of Windows was never - ahem - pretty. But at least it was, mostly, consistent.
Now you have the crayola playground aka Metro, and then you open the Explorer, or control panel... and your eyes have to adjust.

Nah, Metro for phones makes sense (no pun), but on a desktop?

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