Originally Posted by GrangerFX
I played with a Windows RT tablet at an office store. I found that when changing basic settings, Windows RT drops you into the desktop environment which is not designed to be used with a touch screen. It is obvious that Metro UI is just a thin skin over traditional Windows and that it is not ready to take on all aspects of the operating system. I can't understand while Microsoft released it like this. I really think that this is the end of Windows.
Um, I really have to disagree with you on this one. As a die hard Unix/OSX girl I to was always really against Windows, in fact my last home machine to have it ran Windows NT. I thought it to be clunky, ugly, prone to diseases, etc. However with the release of Windows 8 I have defiantly changed my mind, I actually like it now. iOS and Android though nice entertainment OS's just aren't made for the business environment. I'm kind of tired of owning 3 different tablets and 2 laptops, it would be nice to have one device that does it all and Windows 8 is the closest OS that can provide that.
I currently own a Asus VivoTab 810c and a Lenovo ThinkPad 2 that work gave me. The Asus was a Christmas gift, I like it a lot but the 11.6" screen, though the brightest I have ever scene is a tad on the large side when in tablet mode. The Lenovo on the other hand is one of the best tablets I have ever used. Windows 8 flies on both of them, the transitions are seamless, apps start immediately, the battery for the Lenovo is 10 hours and the Asus when combined with the keyboard is over 17 hours.
As a programmer I have access to all of my development apps as well as a locally installed version of Oracle. The Metro interface compliments the desktop and I find it to be very elegant. Yes the apps are still far and few but I really just need my news, Internet TV, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and mail apps and by the end of this year it should be fully stocked. Windows 8 also plays every media file I can through at it including Flash and Divx something I really miss on my iPad. Last year I took our families 500 plus DVD collection and converted them all to Divx. I had plenty of time as I'm down due to cancer. I chose Divx over MP4 because I was consistently getting a better image quality at the compression settings I chose.
Look if Apple came out with a OSX tablet today I would be the first one in line to purchase it but they haven't thus far so Windows 8 is the next best thing. It is in my opinion a well rounded business/development/leisure tablet. NFC is also quite neat, I bought three Nokia speakers when I bought my Nokia N9 so when I'm in the kitchen I simply tap my tablet on the speaker and it plays whatever music I was listening to. I think a lot of you are just going off of what you have read in this forum or are just biased because it isn't a Apple product. I am almost certain if some of you would have access to the Lenovo or Asus for a week your minds would change or at least come to appreciate what Microsoft is trying to do.
I am not a Microsoft apologist, like I said before I have never liked their OS's, now that tablets are starting to reign over our IT world though some of us are in need of a professional tablet OS that has more then what iOS or Android can offer.
Oh and Windows RT is a dumb idea, I don't get it either and I to think it will fail but the x86 version in a good tablet is defiantly another story.