TabletConnect has never been a fan of Windows tablets. The Windows OS is not lean enough to run in a mobile environment in addition to the fact that the OS uses x86 architecture. However, Microsoft has announced that its new OS, Windows 8, will run on an ARM-based processor. Today Microsoft previewed its first Windows 8 tablet at Microsoft's BUILD conference.
This is my next published a nice summary on their site with what Windows 8 entails. The tablet itself is made by Samsung and is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M processor with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB solid state drive. Although this preview tablet is running a x86 architecture, an ARM-based processor will be available once additional testing is completed.
The UI is similar to Windows Phone 7 with tiles instead of icons representing shortcuts to the apps. However, one will have the ability to switch between a desktop mode and the Metro UI or mobile mode. Microsoft has stated that there will be one version of Windows 8. Therefore, you will not see one version for desktop PCs and another for tablets.
Windows 8 looks very slick but it is too early to know whether it can compete in the crowded tablet market. Price and performance will dedicate where Microsoft will stand. Right now, they are trying to make sure that they will be a major player. Check out the This is my next blog for pictures and videos of the Windows 8 Developer Preview.