GoodBye IPad, HoneyComb and Laptop, Hello Windows 8 Pro Slate.
It seems like it was just yesterday when I was so happy to be the owner of a 64 GB apple IPad, an Apple MacBook pro and a 64 GB apple iPhone. However, as most tech savvy individuals will attest, owning any of these devices makes one thing abundantly clear; apple products are not for the technically inclined. The best way I can explain this is with analogy. Itís like being a surgeon and being handed a butter knife to perform a surgical task. Itís like being a soldier on a battlefield and being handed a slingshot to defend oneself. The feeling can only be described as a lacking of options, possibilities, and flexibility with a foreboding yet a subdued sense of restriction.
Fast-forward 18 months a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7 inch, an Asus Transformer TF300t and now I am the proud owner of the Samsung Series 7 Slate running Windows8 Professional on a power sipping Intel i5 processor with 4 GB of Ram. The device uniquely covers both the needs of a laptop as well as a tablet. The Modern (previously Metro) interface allows the user a functionality best described as a casual one. A functionality and interface that appear to be perfectly adapted for use on the go, on the train, on a plane, in a cab, in the park or at the local coffee shop, Library or Cyber Cafť. Tasks can be performed with the touch or swipe of the finger, all, unbelievably, with the simplicity of the IPad OS but with the elegance, power and flexibility of the Android OS. This symbiosis of characteristics had to be intentional on the part of Microsoft engineers because the interface works so cleanly , all while the desktop offers the user the familiar interface and full-fledged applications we have all come to know and love for sit down productivity sessions.
The Microsoft Apps market, like the Android and Apple Markets, provide the user with the casual apps one would need for things like weather, news, sport highlights and gaming.
The two environments function as one to a point where they flow together in a way that forces one to forget that the OS is still just Windows. The user is engulfed by the experience once the learning curve has been achieved.
Advanced functionality is now just a right click or a press and hold away. Goodbye Tablet and laptop, hello Windows 8 Slate. I am pleasantly pleased and abundantly surprised to be able to say that THIS Windows Iteration Really, Really Just works and works well, very well. 10 points Microsoft and welcome back to excellence..