The tablet device market is becoming increasingly competitive. Since the release of 1st generation iPad in April 2010, Apple has established its undisputed leadership acquiring over 66% share in 2011 and was projected to reach 61.4% this year, as states. However, 2013 will see the official entrance of Microsoft into the tablet device market and things can get slightly different this time. The brand new Windows 8 OS is scheduled for general distribution on October 26, 2012, which gives tablet suppliers an alluring opportunity to deploy devices with a shiny new OS.



As we remember, Microsoft was attempting to manifest its tablet production several times already, starting with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. With that release, Microsoft tried to move towards stylus and voice input. Unfortunately, most XP-powered tablet devices had the following cons:

1. lack of mobility;

2. productivity issues;

3. 3G connectivity limitations;

4. No third-party apps;

5. frequent input issues when using a stylus

Finally, many of us have experienced most recent Windows Phone 7 with its “Metro” interface which had brought lots of positive impressions and raised high expectations among gadget geeks. Windows 8 is compatible with both PC and ARM tablet architecture. It means that Windows 8 gives you an exceptional opportunity to experience the same OS whether you are using the keyboard and mouse or a touchscreen device.

What’s new about Windows 8 tablet user interface?

On practice, Windows 8 user interface was primarily designed for touchscreen. First of all, we should point out new icons and menu buttons that have become much larger in order to minimize user efforts and improve the finger tapping speed. Secondly, Windows 8 features absolutely new and innovative user interface. “Metro” design offers you the Start Screen that is completely flexible and dynamic. Here, you have the tiles that present different applications and display the current program status or information. It’s obviously very convenient, as you don’t have to launch an application for basic info.

Windows 8 Lock Screen and authorization screen look more creative and convenient for both touch screens and PCs. All you need is to choose the desired picture or image and manipulate it with gestures. Of course, the list of possible gestures is limited to straight lines and circles. Anyway, it sounds as an awesome feature for touchscreen devices.

What are Windows 8 tablet merits?

One of the most important Windows 8 novelties is the launch of Windows Store. It looks similar to the well-known iTunes and Android application stores, but there are few key differences. Admittedly, Windows Store was created to legalize and secure the downloading of Windows 8 compatible apps from the Net. The point is that you can get any Metro-based programs via this store and you don’t have to question the quality, malware risks or vendor’s reliability. Additionally, the developers are absolutely free to upload their own programs and share them among Windows 8 users. Windows 7 application versions will be fully compatible with the new OS as you’ll able to switch to the old interface easily.

Who are the Windows 8 tablet manufacturing partners?

The first Windows 8 tablet prototype was designed by Samsung and which is going to be the flagship product to push sales. Speaking about the possible Windows 8 tablet suppliers, we can expect new devices from Nokia, Asus and Acer. By summing up all features and advantages listed above, we can hardly wait to test-drive brand new Windows 8 devices.

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