Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 21:16 UTC
Windows This rumour has been rummaging around the web for a few days, but now that The New York Times has picked it up, it probably carries a bit more validity than it did before. Microsoft invited members of the press to a mystery event coming Monday, and supposedly, the company will launch its very own ARM tablet running Windows RT.
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So suppose a user WANTS to run Photoshop or Excel or a full IDE on an iPad 3 like device. All they need to do is add a _decent_ keyboard and mouse, they already have a very good screen with more pixels than most desktops.

That would require an x86 tablet/laptop hybrid. Those don't exist.

Even if they did exist that still isn't a good reason to compromise desktop productivity. It would make more sense to have the hybrid detect when it is in tablet mode and then change the interface, not force a semi-tablet interface when it is in desktop mode.

People get that Windows 8 sucks. It doesn't provide anything for them.

There are also massive battery gains for an arm based laptop.

I get around 7 hours with my Core i5 laptop. For ARM laptops the battery gain isn't worth the loss of compatibility. Programs like Photoshop and iTunes can't be converted overnight and companies like Adobe won't care about porting to such a small market.

Edited 2012-06-16 14:56 UTC

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