Is Windows 8 the Right Operating System for Tablets?
With the announcement of Windows 8 for tablet devices at the D9 Conference in June 2011, many analysts are beginning to doubt if Windows 8 is just a skin over the old Windows operating systems (OS). This is becoming very much evident as Windows 8 will be using a single operating system across all platforms, including desktop PC, laptop, and tablet devices.
Microsoft has brought the tablet and smartphone experience onto the desktop, which according to many skeptics won’t work successfully for the desktop platform. The main reason for this skepticism is that Microsoft is building an operating system that caters to the need of all devices. Also, Microsoft has not created a dedicated operating system version for tablet devices, which means that you can open your excel and word files directly in tablets as well.
However, there is one catch to have a Windows operating system on tablets. You will not be able to run old Windows apps on tablets that have ARM processors, instead Windows 8 will been functioning on Intel x86 processors. The main reason for change in processors is largely due to the fluid interface of Windows 8 that is based on tiles, which allows users to open and close programs.
Another reason due to which Windows 8 might not work equally on a desktop and tablet is that the Windows 8 version for tablets is based on the touch-screen interface. However, users can still use the keyboard or mouse to navigate through Windows 8 operating system on both platform devices.
The earlier perception of Windows 8 have applauded the unique user interface, however, the fact that Microsoft will still be using the old Windows architecture on tablet devices, does not sink-in well with various industry analysts.