More Windows 8 perspectives – and perhaps “… the rest of the story” for the HP TouchPad
But if Windows 8 is nearly as good as the demos look, Microsoft could very well win the mobile wars, despite years of failures in Windows tablets and mediocre smartphone efforts . If Hewlett-Packard CEO Léo Apotheker had seen a preview of Windows 8 tablets, that would explain why he suddenly killed the WebOS-based TouchPad  tablet last month. Windows 8 is very likely to squeeze Google Android  out of second place in the tablet market -- after all, Android is largely an iOS imitation, and I don't see how Google will stand out if Microsoft joins Apple in offering compelling, differentiated innovation. In fact, for the first time in a long time, Microsoft may challenge Apple on the design and innovation fronts, and it could even relegate the iPad to runner-up status after a couple years unless Apple more fully merges Mac OS X and iOS  in the interim, as Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5 have begun to do , to blunt Windows 8's apparent pan-device advantage.
Windows 8 looks to be that good, at least in demos.