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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WorknMan
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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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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

"it was designed from the ground up to be either touch or keyboard/mouse driven"

That is the theory, but I've tried it and they might have tried, but they failed.

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reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

I'm not so sure this is the right strategy. Apple appeals to both the tech and non-tech world alike, and so does Google. Most computer illiterate users or soccer moms don't really understand tech products anyway and buy (or are given as gift) devices such as tablets by more knowledgable users.
If Windows RT doesn't really appeal most of the tech world, I can't see how soccer moms will even know what it is.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Apple appeals to both the tech and non-tech world alike


Does it? I don't know any techies personally that are really into Apple products. In fact, most would rather have their balls crushed by a wooden mallot than own any product with an Apple logo on it. So I'm not convinced that Macs and iPhones are the domain of geeks.

I know folks who use Macs for things like video editing and music production, but they're not exactly what I would call techies - more like professionals who use computers to get work done. Not the kind of crowd Metro would appeal to ;)

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