I was just getting news all around about the upcoming windows 8 and it’s dazzling and unique features. So i decided to see a full review and check for myself, and to be frank I was petrified !!!!
The tablet interface and design looks really cool and is lightning fast. Its interface is very much touch responsive and is neat, without any visual clutter around. “Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact” says Microsoft’s head of Windows Experience Julie Larson-Green. The new interface is not only optimized for touch but is also said to work well with both mouse and keyboard.
As you can see, there is no status bar like so for the Android powered tablets, hence utilising every pixel on the screen to display content that the user wants to view. Below is an example of a weather app running on this device, and you can very well see that the app takes every bit of the full screen into account, giving true experience of using a tablet.
And something that really blew my mind and really impressed me was the multitasking feature. I can bet that I’ve never seen this sort of smooth and efficient multitasking as I’ve seen in this one. Well, that’s not all. You can even drag a background task and make it occupy a portion of your screen, which enables you to run two tasks at the same time from the foreground !!!! . Microsoft feels that this feature would be a breakthrough for businessmen, who can now view their newspapers early in the morning and work on a presentation on Powerpoint or write a document in Word. A preview of this feature is as shown below. The user has dragged a news reader from the background and has made it to occupy part of the screen. So now he can watch his favourite video and read news at the same time !!!! Pretty cool isn’t it ?? Well i would pretty much buy this tablet for this feature alone 😀
Moving on, the windows 8 tablet will have its own apps and app store. What might make the crowd turn towards this tablet platform is the ability to build apps using the web-dominating programming languages like HTML5 and CSS. Since majority of web apps found are made using these languages, this feature will attract millions of developers from around the globe as developing apps for the market does not require them to learn anything new like so for both Android and Apple OS.
The browsing experience is nice and quick as expected with a different way of navigating between tabs. It displays flash content with ease and page loading times are quick as well.
The keyboard interface is nice and spreads out onto the length of the device, making it easier to type. Also an additional feature enables to change the current interface into a thumb keyboard which enables the user to type by just using the thumbs, while holding onto the device. The thumb keyboard is not found inbuilt on any device till date.
From the exterior, Windows 8 looks like the iPad with similar shape and design but is supposedly not as thin as the iOS device. On 18 May 2011, Intel confirmed that there will be separate editions of Windows 8 that run on ARM processors as well as standard x86 processors from Intel and AMD – all companies involved are serious about tablets, though ARM has stolen a lead; all major tablets on the market are ARM-based.
Looks like Microsoft has given a lot of time and analysis into building a powerful and beautiful device. All in all the entire package sounds awesome and I’m really looking forward to this beautiful device. Looks like iPad 3 is going to have a hard time maintaining the position of its predecessor as the “Most sold out tablet“. I’m just hoping that Windows will not charge a ton for getting our hands on this beauty. I’m quite sure that this tablet will make the “smartphone-preferred” users to ditch their devices and fall in love with tablets 🙂