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jerome041391 By jerome041391, 4th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Windows Surface RT tablet, for example, can be used in conjunction with a cover that actually houses an ultra-thin keyboard. It’s totally brilliant and very user responsive. However, the best thing about Windows 8 tablets has to be the emphasis they place on gesture controls. This is a form of touch control that allows you to do more than a simple press of a button.

What is a Windows Tablet PC and Should You Buy One?

To really understand what a Windows tablet is, let's look at the background and history of tablet computers over the last few years. Tablets started to become popular in 2010 with the launch of the iPad. Although there had been tablets in the marketplace prior to this, they never quite had the right combination of design, style and user friendliness.

The iPad changed all of that in true Apple style. Soon after the iPad was released a massive wave of tablet products flooded into the market. Everyone wanted to get in on the tablet action, and companies big and small were all making an effort to break into the tablet market. One of the most successful of getting into the hands of users has been Samsung, but other companies also involved include Sony, Asus, Lenovo and Amazon among others.

Throughout this time there have really only been two different operating systems used on tablets. Firstly, there was iOS. This is the operating system designed by Apple and used on products like the iPad. iOS is available for Apple devices only, so those who bought tablets from rival producers had to use the alternative. The alternative is, of course, Android, which was developed as a piece of open source software. It wasn’t tied down to any one brand of tablet, so all non-Apple products have been using Android for their operating systems up until recently.

Only in late 2012 did a new contender enter the ring. Surprisingly, this was Microsoft with the launch of their Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8 marks a major revolution in the way Windows works. Previously it’s been based around the “desktop” experience and interaction has been mouse and keyboard based. Windows 8 changes all of that with improvements and new features to compete with the market leaders in the tablet and mobile space.

The desktop is no longer a feature of the main interface – it’s been replaced by a slick and modern interface that’s bold and colorful. It’s unlike any Windows you’ve seen before and marks a major development in design for tablet operating systems too. Windows 8 also shifts the emphasis away from keyboard and mouse interaction towards touch-based interaction. Sure, a mouse and keyboard can still be used with Windows 8 on a tablet, but it’s not necessary.

Everything can be done with a touch screen alone. A Windows 8 tablet is a tablet that’s been designed from the ground up to work with Windows 8. What’s interesting is that Windows 8 allows for something new in the tablet arena – hybrid tablets. These are tablets that combine features of laptops and tablets. At bare minimum, this means that hybrid tablets have some kind of keyboard. Microsoft has gone out of its way to make Windows 8 for tablets a more touch and more keyboard-oriented system.

The Windows Surface RT tablet, for example, can be used in conjunction with a cover that actually houses an ultra-thin keyboard. It’s totally brilliant and very user responsive. However, the best thing about Windows 8 tablets has to be the emphasis they place on gesture controls. This is a form of touch control that allows you to do more than a simple press of a button.

Apple’s iOS and Android both use gesture controls, but only to a limited degree. Windows 8 offers far more gesture controls than either of the other two, and they’re more intuitive and easier to remember. The end result is an operating system that feels much more fluid and physical to use than anything else. It’s a distinctive, simple, and enjoyable experience for users of all types.

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