It was Apple that first realized the potential and power of a tablet PC by introducing iPad to the world. It still remains a benchmark for most companies around the world though the tablet market has become overcrowded with every manufacturer worth its weight in salt is selling a range of tablets among other products. Microsoft did not pay much attention to this emerging market that is today dominated by Apple, Samsung, Motorola, and Lenovo, and so on. However, it was only logical for the world’s biggest OS maker to stamp its presence on this segment that has carved a niche for itself in the world of computing. Windows 8 tablet may have entered the market but there have been many more by Microsoft in its attempt to penetrate this lucrative segment of computing devices.
Windows 8 OS augurs well for the evolution of great tablets
The launch of Windows 8 and its warm reception has made the bosses at Microsoft confident of the success of the operating system in the category of tablets also. While there were many who felt disappointed with the old Surface that Microsoft launched as its first tablet, Microsoft has come up with the latest Surface Pro 2 that is a Windows 8 tablet ready to take on the might of iPad and Samsung Galaxy series of tablets. It is not just Microsoft itself that is bracing itself for a slugfest with other dominant players in the tablet market with its new Windows 8 tablet but many others have shown interest in Windows 8 as the operating system for their new products as well. HP which was there with Microsoft earlier also (with the HP slate with Windows 7) as well as ASUS have announced their latest tablets with Windows 8 as their OS. Even Lenovo, the world’s largest computer maker, has announced its plans to introduce its latest tablet called ThinkPad which will be based upon Windows 8.
Microsoft has come a long way since its earlier dismal attempts at making tablets
The reason why the first or the original Surface failed to cut ice in the tablet segment was because of its limited features and the size and shape that remained obsolete in a field that boasted of super slim and lightweight made by tablets by other companies. This was probably because of the insistence to make use of Intel processors that kept the tablet heavier than 1.5 pounds and also thicker than other stylish tablets. To overcome the problems and to upgrade its Windows 8 tablet, Microsoft has come up with not just one but two versions of the old Surface called Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
October 2 has been set as the date when the two new tablets from Microsoft will be made available to customers across the country. While Surface 2 is an upgrade on the old Surface RT, it is Surface Pro 2 that is aimed at taking on the might of the other best selling tablets in the market such as iPad and Galaxy Note II. Surface Pro 2 makes use of ARM chipset by Nvidia that is set to be the game changer as far as Microsoft is concerned as this tablet will provide the ultimate gaming experience to the gaming geeks. Not only is Surface Pro 2 more powerful than the earlier Surface courtesy Haswell processor from Intel, it is also lightweight having a weight of less than 1.5 pounds. This makes it comparable to the other top brands of tablets. Good thing about Pro 2 is that Microsoft has doubled the battery life of this Windows 8 tablet to make it last for a full day’s work no matter what you are up to as far as multitasking is concerned. You would get a full PC experience while using the new Surface Pro 2 as it makes use of the latest Windows 8.1 OS in full.
The reason why tablets having Windows 8 as their OS are becoming extremely popular these days is because of the total computing experience user gets. These tablets are as powerful as any desktop PC, and to many they offer a laptop experience with a better battery life. Install any software meant for Windows on these tablets and you are ready to perform any task that you would only perform on a PC. This is because Windows 8 provides a platform or chassis that allows for installation and smooth running of apps and programs meant for Windows.
One god thing with Windows 8 tablets is that they look different from one another. This is because of the flexibility that Windows 8 offers to manufacturers in comparison to other operating systems. While some of these tablets are really tiny, others are heavy and look like hybrid devices between desktops and laptops.