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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WorknMan
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2005-11-13

"never by technophobes, and hardly ever by "everyone else"."

It's called Ipad.. and it's been pretty darn successful outside the gadget geek and media weenie market segments. Maybe you've heard of it?


Ya, my dad owns one... took me about 15-20 minutes to show him pretty much everything he needed to know about using it, including installing apps. Try THAT with a netbook ;)

He bought one in early May; talked to him last night and said he's still very happy with it. His favorite app is the MLB one.

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rr7.num7 Member since:
2010-04-30

Ya, my dad owns one... took me about 15-20 minutes to show him pretty much everything he needed to know about using it, including installing apps. Try THAT with a netbook ;)

He bought one in early May; talked to him last night and said he's still very happy with it. His favorite app is the MLB one.


I did something similar, with a laptop with Debian installed. It took me about an hour. It's not 15 minutes, but it's not bad either, I think. I also taught him how to install applications (Software Center). It was about a year ago and he hasn't had any problems. He already knew more or less how to browse the internet but that's it.

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taila Member since:
2009-09-21

I think the reason people think pads/tablets are better than PC is because they, the current ones are basically improved smartphones, bigger screen for reading and writing on.

And of cause everyone knows a smart phone and is battling with the small screen these small power houses come with. The familiarity of the smartphone therefore makes a larger smartphone easier to work with.

The current tablets are not from the same line as PCs and frankly here in South Africa they are very expensive and I have not seen anyone using it yet. Yes they are available at shops but they are rare.

On the other hand my wife and kids have had a lot more fun using linux at home than they ever had using windows. Just the amount of apps available for just about anything they need is amazing.

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