Originally Posted by majjo
With regards to x86 win8 tablets:
Don't underestimate the draw of the ability to run legacy apps, even if they're not optimized for touch. MS is also including touch optimized UIs for their apps. How well it will work remains to be seen.
With regards to battery life, intel has demostrated that atom can compete
with ARM on that front. The question is how big of a power draw will win8 be.
There are Windows Intel tablets available today (and have been available for 10 years). Also a few Mac OS X Tablets. These never gained any real traction.
The problem, as I understand, it is not so much the OS as the apps, themselves -- they do not work well on a tablet -- multiple windows, small controls, unfocused UX, bloat, power-hungry ...
You can run these apps, today, from an iPad with VNC to a desktop -- and it isn't a very pleasant or productive user experience. Putting these non-tablet apps on an Intel tablet will not improve this much, if at all.
Sure, they can be used in a pinch -- but not for heavy lifting... and only an advantage over VNC when no wireless is available -- then, likely, battery will be a problem.
Can you imagine the cost/weight/Battery/SDD or HDD requirements of a Windows 8 Intel tablet with a few legacy apps like Office, Photoshop, etc. -- built for the plethora of resources on the desktop -- running on the finite resources of a tablet...
I wouldn't hold my breathe waiting for a Win8 Intel Tablet winner... tried that -- didn't work!