Microsoft may have a way of competing with Apple and the iPad. It is with a hybrid tablet. With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft and Intel can give customers the best of both worlds in a single device. This is especially true when it used on a laptop-centered hybrid where one can detach the screen (tablet) and then also used as a true tablet that takes full advantage of Metro.

When in Ultrabook laptop mode, users can work with the familiar Windows like user interface, the one they’re accustomed to, and still be able to access hundreds of thousands of Windows apps. But when the screen detaches, it automatically switches to the Metro user interface and the touch experience is now central to the device. In this mode, apps designed for Metro can give users an engaging tablet experience right out of the box.

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