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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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

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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Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Why would you run iTunes on a tablet?

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Why would you run iTunes on a tablet?


Why would you run iTunes, period? Sorry, had to.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

It's an example of a widely used program that requires an x86 machine.

It's not a program I use but I'm also a realist who takes into consideration the computing needs of the general populace. Designing a system that ignores such needs is foolish.

Edited 2012-06-17 00:48 UTC

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ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

Yes, they do exist. I have one and it's called the Acer Iconia Tab W500. It runs Windows and Android x86 just fine, with or without the keyboard dock.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


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


Yes they do? Samsung Series 7 Tablet comes with Bluetooth. All you need is a BT KB and Mouse. Its still Windows, your peripherals work.

That's plenty hybrid for my workflows.


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.


It's called WinKey+D to go to the Desktop. All my apps work (yes, including your stupid iTunes red herring)


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


I'm glad you know what "People get", you should really be a pollster, since you know everything about everybody. You must be about the greatest spokesman for bullshit I've ever seen.

I get around 7 hours with my Core i5 laptop. For ARM laptops the battery gain isn't worth the loss of compatibility.


Agreed. I find x86 Windows 8 machines a much more attractive proposition. Especially if Intel can get power consumption down (Which I have no doubt they can). Another cool thing is that Windows 8 devices much meet temp requirements, so no, the damn thing can't burn a hole in your lap anymore.

Programs like Photoshop and iTunes can't be converted overnight and companies like Adobe won't care about porting to such a small market.


Programs like Photoshop and iTunes can't be ported to Windows RT period. They either go full on Metro with a rewrite, or they don't get to play ball. I'd prefer if iTunes didn't play ball, personally.

Its Windows. It sells by virtue of being Windows.

Edited 2012-06-17 19:47 UTC

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