I cannot believe that I'm excited about a new Windows release. But it's more than the operating system - it's the new tablet from Microsoft. Tablets, actually. There's a lite version and then a full Windows 8 version.
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I've been running Windows 8 on a spare PC for about 4-5 months now. I've added a free app to bring back the Start button & menu and that makes most of the difference for me. It actually seems faster than Windows 7 - which is faster than XP with decent hardware.
The New York Times article & video sum it up well, although they don't show the Surface tablet, which is a real game-changer, in my opinion. That's pretty much what I expect - those looking to do desktop computing a la XP or even Vista/7 will find both the Windows 8 "Metro/Start Menu" & the new desktop without the Start button frustrating. But those using a touchscreen - like an iPad - will find it much better for basic browsing & reading emails. I love not having to have a keyboard to check the weather, read my emails, pull up soccer highlight videos. Just point, touch, swipe. And oh-so-easy to carry around.
Ed Bott's article describes the new Surface RT tablet, the Lite version.
And Win8 is pushing the boundaries by having what I'd call smart icons - icons with changing information. Like a Skype icon with caller ID, or Weatherbug with some basic weather info.
But when I want to compose emails, blog posts, letters - give me my keyboard!!!
So here's what I love about tablets & my iPad:
- content that I need* - weather, radar, email inbox
- content that I want - netflix, Pandora, YouTube, NPR and then some
- wireless & charger-less - I can go days without recharging, don't need to lug around power cables & blocks
- in other words, lightweight & very portable size
- reasonably large screens, very sharp displays, even bright enough to see in daylight (not the original iPad, though)
- no need for a keyboard or mouse to *easily* navigate
- onscreen large button keyboard for small typing tasks
And what I want from my desktop PC:
- a LARGE screen! multiple screens if I so wanted
- my keyboard (particularly the Logitech K800, wireless & backlit keys) with a keypad
- Windows Office - Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
- Printing maps, documents, web pages as needed
- File management, vast storage, backup
If & when I buy a Windows 8 PC, it will be a Surface with Windows 8 Pro - or equivalent other brand. With a keyboard that doubles as a protective cover that can be disconnected. I will keep my wireless keyboard & mouse, as well as an external display. Perhaps set up a docking station. And a 3 year warranty would be reasurring - as portable devices are much more prone to accidental damage. I will add a free Start button/menu app and everything will be great!
I'm really itchin' to see the Microsoft Surface & similar tablets. Like I said, such a GEEK!
* what I *think* I need but really what I want