I don't think it is quite as bleak The success of Win8 on the tablets will largely depend on price and application availability. This is a market that is still in the making and I am sure MS will help shape it. And with the ARM support they do not have to rely on Intel chips - Nvidea and Qualcom will be a lot cheaper/
For me, the answer is clear. Unless something changes dramatically, I will continue using Windows in my desktop and laptops but I would depend on Android for smartphones and tablets. I think that the great majority of users will make the same choice.
You're really being merciless with the eight.For me, the answer is clear. Unless something changes dramatically, I will continue using Windows in my desktop and laptops but I would depend on Android for smartphones and tablets. I think that the great majority of users will make the same choice.
Sorry, I'm not joking and I share partialy of your points of view, but for me just a beta will make my mind.
If you actually think about it, it is the smart way for Microsoft to go. Today's computer users/professional are on the move, and need an operating system that can keep up with their business and lives.
Android does a perfect job in getting all my mail (Gmail, Yahoo and MS Exchange) and it runs various "office" apps that provide the same level of functionality that the MS office app (which is not available for Android). In fact, in two of these apps that I have, I have not found any compatibility problems. Thus, with my Android smartphone (a Galaxy IIS) and the Android tablet, I can take care of my email, read and edit MS Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations, watch movies, take photos and videos, and place them on the cloud (Picasa, Facebook, Twitter). There are excellent browsers available (the Android browser is excellent on its own), and, along with that, there are virtually hundreds of thousands of applications for me to use (lots of them free). Of course, as you well know, there are two apps stores for Android (the Google and the Amazon one).
So, please let me why do I particularly need a Win8 tablet? In fact, a Win8 tablet will have fewer apps (WP7.5 apps are not compatible with Win8 Metro) and an ecosystem much poorer than the Android or iOS devices.
If I have overlooked a functionality in these Win8 tablets that is missing in iOS and Android tablets, please let me know!!
ADRz, come on NOW, WE both know when Windows 8 hits the retail chains, there will be plenty of applications for it. That is just naive in thinking. I will give you, there won't be right out the gate thousands, BUT 10 to 1 odds, the basic for business will be there. PLUS we ALL know WE want the newest from Redmond <g>
Now, it is just possible that the "basic" apps would be there. However, this was not my question to you. What I asked you is "what kind of a functionality would be offered by a Win8 tablet that is missing in an Android tablet?". In fact, Android tablets would be offering a better UI, many more apps and a huge ecosystem of music, movies and books. For example, both Amazon and Google allow you to sync tens of thousands of songs to their cloud servers and become available to you via mobile devices (I believe that the Google Service allows for 16,000 songs to be upload to Google servers). Now, how much of this is available from Microsoft? Yes, there is Skydrive (but Skydrive is also available through a Google app) but there is nothing like iTunes or Google or Amazon music (do I have this right?)
Again, what is the unique solution that would be offered by Win8 tablets??? Considering that Amazon and B&N proved that they can provide very usable Android tablets for about $200, I see MS heading for a great disaster of great proportions. And I will explain:
How much does MS charge for a Windows license? Depending on the volume discount and type of version (Home, Business, etc), MS charges something from $75 to $300. It is charging less for netbooks with a very "restricted" version: $30. Now, just explain to me how MS cannot face disaster going against an OS that costs $0.00!!! MS is also going against huge operations like Amazon and B&N that love Android because they can modify it for their own content (they cannot do so with Win8). Sorry, I just do not see much upside for Win8.
MS should have totally deep-sixed Win8. It should have developed a top-notch OS for desktop/laptop use and it should have used WP7-7.5 for tablets. Now, it is going actually to orphan WP7/7.5 moving the code to WP8 (which is compatible with Win8). So, if you are a sucker, go buy a WP7/7.5 phone. Do you know what is funny about this? In WP8, WinMo apps would be able to run (but not WP7./7.5)!!!! (another OS orphaned by MS). Please tell me that these gyrations make any sense whatsoever!!!!
OK, you should promise to let me know as to why I would want to buy a Win8 tablet. What would be its advantages over the iPads or the Android tablets? (Consider the fact that all Win apps - Office, Bing, Skydrive are available for the iPad). Bing and Skydrive are available in Android.
ummmmmmm, errrrrrrrrrrrr I have to get back to you on this, after I research it further.