To hear the technopundits squawk, you’d be certain that Apple is once more beleaguered, that Steve Jobs exit as CEO is the beginning of the end, and that, simply put, Windows is back, baby!
What’s That Noise I Hear?
That sound you hear is Windows. It’s coming. And, if you believe the technopundits who drum up controversy until the cows come home and leave again, the second coming of Windows will be greater than the second coming of Steve Jobs.
Windows 8 is coming to a PC and a tablet near you. Soon. Someday soon. Maybe next year.
How do I know? Because Boy Genius Report says so. In Sorry Apple, Windows 8 ushers in the post-post-PC era, we learn of the demise of the iPad. Microsoft sure hopes Windows 8 on a tablet does better to stem the iPhone’s growth than Windows Phone 7 did.
What’s so good about Windows 8 that the good old boys at BGR went into a lather? It’s Windows Everywhere deja vu all over again.
One platform to rule them all. The technology exists to enable users to carry a single device that is as portable and usable as a tablet, but also as powerful and capable as a PC. It has a battery that can last all day, but it can also run Photoshop, Excel and Outlook. It can weigh next to nothing and slip into a slim case, but it can also power two monitors and run proprietary enterprise software.
Poor old Zach Epstein drank the Redmond Kool-Aid and still can’t get down from the sugar high.
A tablet that can be as fluid and user friendly as the iPad but as capable as a Windows laptop. A tablet that can boot in under 10 seconds and fire up a full-scale version of Adobe Dreamweaver a few moments later. A tablet that can be slipped into a dock to instantly become a fully capable touch-enabled laptop computer. This is Microsoft’s vision with Windows 8, and this is what it will deliver.
The way I understand it, Microsoft announced Windows 8 at a developers conference and had it running on a steam driven tablet for all the world to see. From a distance. Remember when Apple announced the iPad. It was a touchy feely moment. As in touch the iPad and feel the iPad. 30 or 40-million iPads later and you can still touch and feel one.
We’ll Get ‘Em Next Year
What of the Microsoft tablets running Windows 8? Next year. Maybe. The current noise generated by Windows 8 running on a tablet is the fan. The Microsoft fan base. And, yes, the fan. The one in the tablet to keep it from overheating.
Someday we may have the pleasure of running Microsoft Office on a tablet-like device. When that happens will 100-million iPad users toss their handheld device of choice in the trash, and run out to a Microsoft store, stand in line for hours, and buy a– here it comes– Windows tablet? They’ve been around for years and no one bought them. Why now?
Because, the Windows tablets will run everything (like the old Windows tablets). Because real work is done on Macs and PCs, not tablets running Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android. They are so toast, sayeth the punditry class of Windows-using spawn.
Maybe. But those cute little floating tiles on Windows Phone 7 didn’t exactly catch the eye of the smart phone buying public. So, put those same tiles on a tablet and what do you have? A big smart phone that nobody wants. Add Windows 8 to the mix and what do you get?
Wait. Aren’t people trying to get away from using Windows?
The death of the iPad? Me thinks Windows apologizers doth promote too much. Reports of the death of the iPad, and the original post-PC era, are greatly exaggerated. But, we’ll have to wait until next year to see.