Windows Tablets Are Not Separate

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I've read a number of people trying to argue that tablets are not the same as PCs and that Microsoft gets to change the rules and drop their public commitments to developers (and governments) on tablets because they're a totally different category. Well, let's take a look at what Microsoft has to say about that:

Imagine a tablet. Light and thin. Amazing battery life. Gorgeous screen. You can lounge on the couch enjoying a beautiful, fluid experience, doing the things you love to do on a tablet: playing games, socializing, browsing the web, reading, touching up photos, watching TV. You are just immersed in your experience, doing the things you love to do. You hand it to your daughter and she knows exactly how to use it.

But then, if you want to have a bit more control and efficiency, you can set this same tablet in a stand and attach a keyboard, or just flip a keyboard around, and suddenly you have a complete Windows desktop experience, with full Microsoft Office, multiple monitors, peripherals, and a mouse.

Or, imagine a featherweight laptop with a beautiful large screen and a great keyboard. But in addition to doing everything you use your laptop for today, you can also use your favorite new apps built for today's tablets.

Windows 8 imagines the convergence of two kinds of devices: a laptop and a tablet. Instead of carrying around three devices (a phone, a tablet, and a laptop) you carry around just a phone and a Windows PC. A PC that is the best tablet or laptop you have ever used, but with the capabilities of the familiar Windows desktop if you need it. You may choose to carry a tablet, or you may choose a laptop/convertible, but you do not need to carry around both along with your phone. You never think about a choice, or fret over your choice of what to carry. Things just work without compromise.


It's kind of difficult to argue that tablets are something distinct from laptops (and the waning desktop) to defend Microsoft's anti competition behaviors around Windows on ARM tablets (and soon ARM convertibles and straight up laptops) when even Microsoft is telling you that they're the same thing.

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It's going to be funny if Microsoft decide to depreciate the Win32 API's altogether in the next Windows iteration.

Shane, why will that be funny?

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"You can lounge on the couch enjoying a beautiful, fluid experience, doing the things you love to do on a tablet: playing games, socializing, browsing the web, reading, touching up photos, watching TV"

Pity I don't know anybody who spends time "on the couch enjoying a beautiful, fluid experience" since high school years. Nice to know the whole IT industry is planning for teenagers and never grown up adults.

I agree with this. It seems as though Microsoft and Apple both want us to all turn into massive douchebags, surfing the web on the couch, casually using one hand on a touch interface, while simultaneously micro-blogging about the experience and slurping back a venti mochafrappachio.

apple designed it that way, tablets separated from the pc, and android followed that being a mobile os. If windows wants to change this, it will be a good thing but it will be a challenge.
I hope for it, but I'm afraid of the metro/sandbox/limited things...

"But then, if you want to have a bit more control and efficiency, you can set this same tablet in a stand and attach a keyboard, or just flip a keyboard around, and suddenly you have a complete Windows desktop experience, with full Microsoft Office, multiple monitors, peripherals, and a mouse."

This does not refer to Windows on ARM. It refers to the Intel one. The ARM one does not have a desktop experience that lets you do everything you do today (which is what you're complaining about).

Kishor, the comment covers Windows on ARM as well. You can do exactly what he says with Windows on ARM. But that's not the main point. The main point is that Microsoft sees tablets, convertibles, and laptops as all the same thing -- PCs running Windows.

Why do you care so much about what Microsoft does with their OS? Just focus on your own OS and let the market decide what is best.

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