Windows 8

Poll: Will Windows 8 make an impact in tablets?

Information about Windows 8 RT leads one developer to think there's little reason for IT departments to favor Windows 8 tablets over iPads and Android devices. Do you agree?

One of the big promises with Windows 8 is ARM support. But as we've learned, even existing .NET applications will not run under Windows 8 RT (the name of the ARM version), only Metro/WinRT applications will. Even more puzzling is that Windows 8 RT will not be able to join Active Directory domains, meaning that there's little reason for corporate IT departments to favor them over iPads and Android devices. There is, of course, the prospect of x64 Windows 8 tablets and similar devices.

Will Windows 8 be able to make a dent in the iPad's market dominance? Answer the poll question to let us know your thoughts.

J.Ja

About

Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

11 comments
bobmatch
bobmatch

Windows has a change if... *Win 8 is better *win 8 is free *win 8 is a flash upgrade for whats out there If, however; using win is a lot better maybe thay can charge somthing, but not too much!

mkottman
mkottman like.author.displayName 1 Like

Windows 8 RT is DOA until it can bring more to the party. Full Windows 8 tablets will be as resoundingly successful as Windows on tablets has been for the past decade.

mswift
mswift

haniel, Server 8 will have features that work to make tablet management easier. Most will be seeing Virtual PCs. You can't have real data going back and forth to a mobile wireless unit and performance and data integrity, so real data will never leave the server. The Virtual PC will be setup with all the policies, not the unit making the remote connection.

haniel_
haniel_ like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Microsoft is shooting itself in the foot by not supporting Active Directory in the RT version, the ARM platform is designed and optimized for mobility and low power consumption which is essential to tablet users. By not including AD support they are essentially stacking up a concept OS against two mature and already accepted platforms. The lack .NET support will also set Microsoft back since users would most likely go for the platform that lets them redownload all the apps they've already purchased as opposed to having to buy new Metro apps. Although x86 tablets are still an option I doubt they will be anywhere near as popular or cheap as their ARM counterparts. I'll be sticking to my iPad, Windows 7, and OS X Mountain Lion.

mswift
mswift like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

It all about the stuff and the pricing. Tablets are all about consumption via browser and IE 10 is very good. 64gb wi-fi ipad 2 is $699 Suppose this is the introductory bundle special: 64gb wi-fi Win 8 WOA tablet with Xbox360 and Kinect is $399?? We already know that the Xbox/Kinect bundle is $99 plus about $15 a month for XBox Gold (a winner for households with gamers). Win 8 will add from $7 (the price the starter OS sold to volume netbooks producers) to a maximum of $50 to the cost of a machine. Add that amount to the price of your favorite Android tablet and you will have the Win 8 tablet price. Twice as much stuff for 33% less money just might sell.

mkottman
mkottman like.author.displayName 1 Like

There's not an Android tablet on the market that retails for less than $399 that isn't either A) highly subsidized, or B) is barely functional. So you think they will throw in a Xbox too? Yeah, corporate buyers will love that. "I'd like to buy a 1000 tablets and get 1000 XBoxes to go with that."

haniel_
haniel_

Where can I find this bundle for $99?

mswift
mswift like.author.displayName 1 Like

give it a couple of weeks, it was just announced

Skruis
Skruis like.author.displayName 1 Like

Never occurred to me to package it along with the 360...

Realvdude
Realvdude

Is x84 a freudian slip or a new processor technology?

Editor's Picks