What does Windows 8 mean for tablets?

What does Windows 8 mean for tablets?So, we were saying earlier that Microsoft lifted the lid on Windows 8 this week, and of course the bit we’re really interested in is the tablet stuff.

Anyone who’s faffed around with a Windows 7 tablet will quickly have realised that it most definitely wasn’t designed with tablets in mind, but it’s all change with Windows 8, baby.

First up there’s the tiled UI, which is pure Windows Phone 7. And hey, that’s not a bad thing. Expect super-slick navigation on your Windows 8 tablet.

Interoperability is a big dealio too, as Microsoft aims to unify PCs, tablets and - presumably eventually – smartphones.

Big name support is inevitable too. We’ve already had Samsung providing 5,000 developer units, and you can bet your bottom Pound Sterling that Microsoft’s Finnish friends won’t be too far behind.

The major downside - and the reason that Apple and Android peeps mightn't be too scared at the moment - is that the first Windows 8-based tablets probably won’t see the light of day for another year or so, by which point we’ll have the iPad 4 and Android Lemon Cheesecake.

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blizzard7  Sep. 14, 2011 at 16:05

I think big news as well for WP7 users is that it takes just one line of code to take a Silverlight app and make it a WP7 app.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2011 at 16:45

Anyone using the W8 developer preview yet? Opinions? I'm currently downloading it for my Netbook...it can always have Ubuntu back on if W8 is awful...


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