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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What the hell am I reading...
by strim on Fri 15th Jun 2012 21:25 UTC
strim
Member since:
2008-07-01

"though most people still aren’t using tablets for hard-core tasks like writing long documents and building big spreadsheets"

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RE: What the hell am I reading...
by sukru on Fri 15th Jun 2012 21:39 in reply to "What the hell am I reading..."
sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

Personally, I see tablets more of a "consumption" device, whereas PC (and now actually workstations) as content generation devices.

My keyboard/mouse cannot be replaced by anything else for coding, or web development. Also, I believe he is right, except for small emails, and forum posts, I do not write much on touchscreens.

Edited 2012-06-15 21:39 UTC

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Personally, I see tablets more of a "consumption" device, whereas PC (and now actually workstations) as content generation devices.

My keyboard/mouse cannot be replaced by anything else for coding, or web development. Also, I believe he is right, except for small emails, and forum posts, I do not write much on touchscreens.


Well, for 'power users' like us, Metro doesn't have a lot of use one way or the other on a desktop. But for your average tech tard and soccer mom, they could get a Windows 8 tablet, plug it into a docking station with plenty of USB ports for keyboard/mouse/printer/etc, and use it as their primary desktop, since (unlike Android and iOS) it was designed from the ground up to be either touch or keyboard/mouse driven. And when they need a tablet, they could just undock it from the docking station, and then their desktop computer becomes a full-blown tablet, with all of the same apps and settings they use on the desktop.

I've used an Asus Transformer, with the keyboard dock and a trackball connected via USB, and quite honestly, an OS like Windows 8 that was better designed to be used that way could serve as a desktop computer, assuming you don't need a full-blown desktop with all the bells and whistles.

I guess this all depends on how well Metro catches on in Windows 8. If tech tards turn their collective noses up at it and choose to stay in classic mode, MS will be in serious trouble. If it does catch on though, MS could end up dominating the tablet space, and also smartphones/ if/when they port WinRT over to Windows Phone.

Edited 2012-06-16 06:04 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, I hear ya. Hard core tasks. Man, if someone in the computer industry just woke up from a 30 year coma, they'd be so depressed to read that statement.

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