Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Feb 2011 23:26 UTC
Windows Ever since the successful development and launch of Windows 7, Microsoft has become ever tighter-lipped about Windows development. Sure, it dropped the bomb about releasing Windows 8 for ARM, but that's it. Nothing on features or timetables (other than 'three years after Windows 7'). Well, the usually well-connected (inside Microsoft, that is) Mary-Jo Foley now claims to have a legit development roadmap - and it seems everything is on track for a Windows 8 beta in September 2011.
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In terms of limited processing power, limited functionality; yeah, tablets are probably going to be a more successful netbook form factor than clamshells. Pesonally, I find the tablet with clamshell mount most interesting; tablet on the go, real input at home and office.

It depends on what one needs to do though. The virtual keyboard on the Ipad isn't horrid but I'm not going to be doing heavy data input or cli app use with it. I've put in the time on my N### virtual and button pad inputs most recently and various inputs on Palm, WinCE and Newtons back through the years. It's great for some things, horrid for others.

For consumption; absolutely since you don't need much more than a list of content titles and the traditional five video/music controls.

For creation; hope it's a button and nobb input like the mixer studio app for Ipad (very nice app for the musicions with mic'd instruments).

For me personally; how useful it is depends on a strong text input method. A keyboard accessory has been my first purchase with every handtop since the Newton. The benefit is being able to use my same apps on desktop, notebook and handtop tablet. It's about being able to go beyond the limited apps built around the most superficial graphic interface layer. I don't want Android apps; I want a full *nix distro and userland underneith the pretty GUI makeup. Give me brains and looks not just the latter.

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