Windows 8 is not the first time Microsoft has fielded touch screen tablets. There were plenty of lovely, albeit heavy and expensive, Windows for Pen Computing systems floating around a decade ago including this gorgeous Samsung PenMaster, now a museum piece. An iPad, it aint.
Cool! Corning has always amazed me as progressive company. One of my fist job interviews in the industry was on a cold February when they flew me to the city of Corning, NY, but after experiencing the weather I rejected the offer.
I have the same sentiments about the comprehensive slide show and pertinent running commentary. And my hat is off to Apple for Microsoft trying to become a user-friendly company after some many re-boots in the hardware arena. Coffe table with a large interactive screen; no thanks. Some personal time is sacred and should be savored. Drink up and think up of new ideas.
I definitely cringe at (making a big deal about) the hinge, although it is what makes a tablet useful, as opposed to being an expensive toy.
All sounds good to me, though. Win8 RT should be evolved into running all of the familiar Windows apps, as far as I'm concerned. It would be really interesting if Microsoft could move some of its center of mass over to ARM, no?
As to Outlook? Naw. We use Outlook at work, we used to use Outlook Express at home, and we now use Windows Live Mail at home. It's perfectly fine, as far as I'm concerned, and is super easy to set up. You don't even have to know the SMTP and POP3 servers of your ISP! Try that with Outlook.
Everyone, myself included, would love to have another viable innovator in the tablet space, but this product is stillborn. It's obvious by the tone of "well, this sucks, but I'll reserve judgement in hopes it might go somewhere someday" the technical press is taking.
M'soft just doesn't get it -- a half-functional cover keyboard isn't better than no keyboard at all.
Rick, you've been watching too much Giant's baseball lately, "Cringe the Hinge".
The interesting part, "The good news is there’s some real system level design needed again. The bad news is, almost no one is left in PC companies today who knows how to do it anymore." is well worth pondering over.
The PC/Tablet market is moving into a "mixmaster" mode which will leave plenty to recycle before the right combination is found [i.e. something that sells].
This does not bode well for Microsoft or Intel though ARM appears to be positioned well...,
Title of this article was pretty misleading. While the article itself was not bad, much of the information was not remotely related to Windows 8. Other than the cute pictures there was little need to make this into a Gallery/Slide Show other than to bump up the number of clicks for the website/article. I look for to more articles, but as the author here laments the lack of technical resources required to develop a hinge, some readers are hopefull that EETimes will continue to provide us with excellent technical articles.
Microsoft is too large an operation to ever design an efficient OS. The competition has little to fear.
What is interesting is the tablet revolution. I took two years of typing in HS before I ever knew it would be useful for my career (CS degree). At the time it was predicted that typing was a skill that would not be needed by the time I got to the work force. That hasn't happened in the last 40 years. Instead the ASR33 became the input device for minis and later micros, followed by VDTs and then PCs, all with keyboards (QWERTY, no less--I learned DVORAK a bit once). With a little more effort, the keyboard may eventually not be an essential part of the personal computing experience. Certainly the tablet is a strong pointer in that direction, although it's present pop-up keyboard represents at least a temporary large step backward.
:-) I use Ubuntu as a dual boot feature on my XP desktop. I like it a lot, so much more professional, less buggy and very snappy BUT: If my world revolved around an MSoffice type app and email an web I'd be on the Linux band wagon only. Sadly of the ~100 applications I use daily to make money only 2 are available under Linux. That leaves me and a large number of other people in the unenviable position of needing some flavour of Windows (see my other post below)
Microsoft made most of their money being able to upgrade people at regular intervals while maintaining compatibility with existing Apps and to a lesser degree use models. When they got to Vista they really broke this model, and it hurt them. I read last week that with W8 they are looking to use a java type model where all apps run as byte-code so they can reduce/eliminate developer effort when porting from one win platform to another. The plan is that if an app is developed for W8 it can run on a phone, a tablet or even across the web. Sounds good on the surface (pardon the pun) doesn't it? Well I recently upgraded a bit of SW that I use regularly to a java byte-code version and found that it ran like it was running on a 4.77MHz IBM-XT. It was woeful. Espewcially because I am running a Pentium i7 at 3.2GHz. I quickly downgraded to the old version. If this is to be the W8 experience then I will stick with XP and maybe W7 and finally when no W7 is available I will hopefully be able to migrate entirely to Linux because developer have realised what a dead end strategy it is. Also re the new tablet I/F, I use CAD programs extensively they are driven most accurately and quickly with a combination of keystrokes (on a real keyboard) and with a mouse/trackball/3D joystick, finger swipes just don't cut it.
I have a problem with the article's title: “Slideshow: 10 things you should know about Win 8”. It is 10 pages of mostly not Win 8 content.
Page 1 – Mentions Win 8. Talks about Win 8 running on ARM-based SoCs. Talks about microprocessors.
Page 2 – About Win 8. Discusses Win RT and Win 8 for x86.
Page 3 – Mentions Win 8, but it’s a trip down memory lane.
Page 4 – No Win 8. Another trip down memory lane.
Page 5 – Mentions Win 8, but it’s about the form factor of the platform.
Page 6 – Mentions Win 8, but it’s about selecting embedded hardware to run popular OSs.
Page 7 – No Win 8. It’s about Microsoft’s hardware.
Page 8 – About Win 8 and the user interface, window’s experience, and performance.
Page 9 – No Win 8. It’s about tablets.
Page 10 – Mentions Win 8 but it’s really about an application of Win 8.
Bottom line, this article has a bogus title and teaches you very little about Win 8.
Oooh...the GriD - that was a fun bit of machinery back in the mid-80s. I did a fair amount of business doing custom GriDs for electric utility companies. They had two empty ROM sockets onboard and a nifty little link to MS-DOS to make them run the software embedded in the ROMS. Chuck out my last unit about six years ago - sob - could have used it to kill this *#$! squirrel that keeps coming in my Window(s 8) VM....
Smart hinge? There are keyboard cases that make iPad just like MacBook Pro, like the following one. Similar models have been on market for 2 years. I guess Microsoft copied the idea on their surface.
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