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The iPad isn't going anywhere: it has huge popularity, a massive app catalog, and dominating market share going for it. However, that spot at #2 seems wide open. Android tablets have been far from compelling thus far, leaving the doorway open for Windows 8 tablets to stake a claim that no other Windows tablets have previously been able to capture. However, for Windows 8 to succeed as a true iPad competitor and bury Android tablets, the battle will have to be fought on several fronts:

Could this be the first strike to destabalize the apple giant? I'd be surprised if it is.



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i think it's interface would be perfect for tablets, for desktops isn't however
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i think it's interface would be perfect for tablets, for desktops isn't however

I respectfully disagree. Having used the same interface for quite a while, most veteran Windows users will, at first glance, not like Windows 8, especially the Metro UI integration, simply because they feel out of their comfort zone. I know this because this is the same way I felt for the first fifteen minutes of using. But, I actually took the time to learn a few key things, such as the four corners, how to close Metro apps (Alt+F4 if anyone is wondering), my way around the wonderful, awesome new Task Manager etc etc. This took all of half-an-hour and I feel like back home, fully in control.

Basically what I'm saying is, try and learn to use it before you hate it.
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I respectfully disagree. Having used the same interface for quite a while, most veteran Windows users will, at first glance, not like Windows 8, especially the Metro UI integration, simply because they feel out of their comfort zone. I know this because this is the same way I felt for the first fifteen minutes of using. But, I actually took the time to learn a few key things, such as the four corners, how to close Metro apps (Alt+F4 if anyone is wondering), my way around the wonderful, awesome new Task Manager etc etc. This took all of half-an-hour and I feel like back home, fully in control.
Basically what I'm saying is, try and learn to use it before you hate it.

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I respectfully disagree. Having used the same interface for quite a while, most veteran Windows users will, at first glance, not like Windows 8, especially the Metro UI integration, simply because they feel out of their comfort zone. I know this because this is the same way I felt for the first fifteen minutes of using. But, I actually took the time to learn a few key things, such as the four corners, how to close Metro apps (Alt+F4 if anyone is wondering), my way around the wonderful, awesome new Task Manager etc etc. This took all of half-an-hour and I feel like back home, fully in control.
Basically what I'm saying is, try and learn to use it before you hate it.

This. I don't like metro all that much but the control is great. There's software out there to disable metro if you don't like it. After that, it's like you're the king, at least in my opinion.
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I don't think so, unless there are many OEMs who are willing to produce tablets for Microsoft to run Windows 8. I'm sure the count will be far less than Google's repertoire of Android partners. Also, there's the issue with cost; I know MS isn't going to license Windows freely like Google does to Android, so per-unit cost of W8 tablets may be a bit higher than Android counterparts.

Let's also not forget how far ahead Android tablets have become in terms of hardware specs - at least in the ARM side of things. Besides Tegra 3, we have Krait, Exynos, and Intel Medfield to power the next-gen tablets.
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I don't think so, unless there are many OEMs who are willing to produce tablets for Microsoft to run Windows 8. I'm sure the count will be far less than Google's repertoire of Android partners. Also, there's the issue with cost; I know MS isn't going to license Windows freely like Google does to Android, so per-unit cost of W8 tablets may be a bit higher than Android counterparts.
Let's also not forget how far ahead Android tablets have become in terms of hardware specs - at least in the ARM side of things. Besides Tegra 3, we have Krait, Exynos, and Intel Medfield to power the next-gen tablets.

You're kidding, right? MS is going to cut their own throat to get these onto OEM sheets!
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FYI, Metro can't be disabled anymore. It's mandatory.

I tried it for about 2 hours and I ended up hating the new interface. It takes me more time to do thigns with it compared to Windows 7.
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Originally Posted by Core2uu View Post

I respectfully disagree. Having used the same interface for quite a while, most veteran Windows users will, at first glance, not like Windows 8, especially the Metro UI integration, simply because they feel out of their comfort zone. I know this because this is the same way I felt for the first fifteen minutes of using. But, I actually took the time to learn a few key things, such as the four corners, how to close Metro apps (Alt+F4 if anyone is wondering), my way around the wonderful, awesome new Task Manager etc etc. This took all of half-an-hour and I feel like back home, fully in control.
Basically what I'm saying is, try and learn to use it before you hate it.

The real question is: does it take you more clicks to accomplish something. The answer is: probably yes.

I mean sure, Word 2011 works, but the older interface was more efficient...
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The real question is: does it take you more clicks to accomplish something. The answer is: probably yes.
I mean sure, Word 2011 works, but the older interface was more efficient...

I don't think it is. Everything is the exact same except for the start menu and the new metro start menu works practically the same way (only you scroll side ways and the icons are bigger). With the new start menu you can still hit Win Key then start typing to search, your new programs are automatically pinned to your start menu and can move them around and organized them whatever way you want.

For me it's definitely just as efficient since the only time I ever used the start menu was when I wanted to search for something or launch a pinned program, which is still just as easy and quick to do in win8. I don't know why anyone would manual go through the start menu to find something anyways, it's much easier and more efficient to just type in what your looking for.
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