09 January 2013
Windows 8 Devices
Windows 8 is Microsoft’s new operating system for use on PC's, including home and business desktops, laptops and tablets. There has been a large shift in Microsoft focus. They have developed an operating system that not only works well on the traditional desktop with a keyboard and mouse, but it is also touch enabled for Touch Screen Monitors and Tablets. Previous versions of Windows have had touch support from Windows XP through to Windows 7 with the functionality evolving from single input to multi-touch. Windows 8 is now primarily focused on improving its user experience to rival the iOS and Android operating systems. Windows 8 has a touch friendly home screen called the Start Screen, which is designed to allow quick access to information with large displays enabling easy touch input.
Windows 8 is available in three variations; Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT. Windows 8 RT differs from Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro as it is built specifically for mobile devices. This allows tablets and mobile devices to take advantage of the ARM processors power efficiency (allowing for longer battery life) and thinner hardware designs. Windows RT is more comparable to a mobile operating system such as iOS than other editions of Windows.
Unlike all other variations of Windows 8, Windows RT is only distributed as a preloaded operating system on devices produced by hardware manufacturers. Windows RT officially launched alongside Windows 8 on October 26, 2012 with the release of several Windows RT-powered tablets. One of these being the Surface RT, the first ever Windows device manufactured and sold directly by Microsoft.
With this new push into multi-touch and traditional desktop computing within the one operating system, a new breed of devices has been launched. The devices range from:
- Standard tablet form factor
- Standard Laptop
- Hybrid Tablet (Dockable Keyboard and Screen)
- Sliding Tablet
- Convertible Laptops
With so many choices in the market it can become overwhelming to decide what sort of device can best fit your needs. Below we have compiled a small list of some of the devices we think may be best suited to a variety of different uses.
Sliding Tablet - The VAIO™ Duo 11
Ideal form for use as a Slate or Keyboard PC. Easy-to-open Surf Slider™ design provides smooth and seamless transition between the slate and keyboard modes, and with touch operation it lets you choose the most comfortable and productive style for the application. The slate mode is optimized for a wide range of touch operated applications. The keyboard mode provides direct keyboard entry and can also be used with a mouse for easy operation.
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is targeted at the consumer who prefers the look, feel and functionality of a tablet device but need access to a physical keyboard rather than just an on-screen keyboard. By using a sliding form factor it allows for the functionality of laptop in a smaller form factor with less weight.
source Sony VAIO™ Duo 11
Tablet and Keyboard Dock – Samsung ATIV Smart PC
ATIV Smart PC combines the power of a notebook PC and the convenience of a media tablet with a unique and revolutionary design.
The Samsung ATIV is targeted at the consumer who would rather the smaller form factor of a tablet with the full functionality of Windows 8. The tablet form factor allows the ATIV to be lightweight, all while having the processing power of a comparable desktop system. As it is a Hybrid device, the keyboard can be removed for lightweight tablet use
source Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Tablet - Surface
The Surface is a tablet designed by Microsoft for their new operating system. The Surface has a VaporMg casing allowing it to be durable and stylish while being light weight. It has been designed with an integrated Kickstand to allow the tablet to be propped up on a desk, without the need for another case. It also has an innovative new cover with an integrated keyboard. The surface is most similar to a Hybrid Tablet than any other form factor device.
The Surface is currently available only with Windows 8 RT making it a direct competitor to the iPad and Android Based Tablets. The Surface with Windows 8 Pro should be available in early 2013. This will allow consumers to use the tablet device with the new start screen or the traditional desktop view.
The Surface is targeted to consumers who prefer the use of a tablet to a laptop or other form factors. Using the innovative Touch Cover allows the Surface to operate as a traditional laptop or Hybrid device while being extremely lightweight and offering great battery power compared to a traditional laptop.
source Microsoft Surface