Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Watch out, Apple: Windows 8 could trump the iPad [InfoWorld]

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 [8]. 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 [9] tablet last month. Windows 8 is very likely to squeeze Google Android [10] 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 [11] in the interim, as Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5 have begun to do [12], to blunt Windows 8's apparent pan-device advantage.

Windows 8 looks to be that good, at least in demos.

Watch out, Apple: Windows 8 could trump the iPad

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