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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Really, I think Tablets are what Netbooks were meant to be.

And much more, I suppose. Give us a tablet device with the features of Win 7, and the usual ports and I think the laptop would soon disappear and the desktop would be relegated to a niche product. This powerful tablet may only need 6 (honest) hours of running time to be successful, which would be a real technical achievement at this time.

However, Microsoft and it's technical partners are on track to achieve this in 2012. The question is, will the competition beat them to the punch. I know if I realize this, Apple, Google, and crowd have already figured this out and are working toward that end. If they succeed first, then Microsoft is in deep kimchee. Still, Microsoft has recently shown some pretty savvy insight (Windows Phone 7 is really decent) so this could be a pretty even race, with Apple always being the wild card.

For me, the first tablet that meets this (somewhat vague) criteria, will be the first tablet I own, regardless of who makes it. Although I should admit I'm partial to Android.

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