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Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
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tdonegan941
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10/17/2012 | 5:30:45 PM
re: Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
Design and convenience will ultimately drive adoption. If MS devices are clumsy in terms of what is bundled on the device, then it will not challenge the iPad as Apple will continue to win on usability as already stated. Enterprises are still challenged with how to get mission critical apps to work suitably well on the iPads, MS will face the same challenge. What we are seeing and have clients doing today is to have full functional office as well as several mission critical apps aggregated at the glass with desktop level performance. unlikely that edge devices completely take over laptop/desktop, but there is a likelyhood that a lot of knowledge workers will get what they need by carrying a tablet.
AustinIT
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10/12/2012 | 2:07:15 PM
re: Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
I don't believe you can make the case that most of the big companies have budgeted for iPad. If it was the only choice, then yeah maybe. But that is no longer the case. Big companies are looking for devices that satisy both BYOD and Manageability criteria. Windows 8 will come very close out of the box at doing that.

WinRT is a new run time (API) and supports running the new "Metro" as well as legacy apps. However, Win8RT (OS) only runs on the ARM processor so naturally any app written for the x86, x64 architecture will not run. That's where the standard Win8 OS comes in. It will run legacy apps as well as the new "Metro - but we can't call it Metro" apps.

I think Win8 uptake will be slow at first until the word spreads as to whether it is popular with early adopters... or not. We'll just have to wait and see.
Verdumont Monte
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10/11/2012 | 8:39:52 PM
re: Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
Lot of the big companies have already budgeted for iPad. I am not entirely sure if Windows 8 will take off at launch. One thing that could possibly be helpful is if MS can make the legacy apps work on the RT tablet (I heard there is no legacy support). Anyways we will have to wait and see.
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10/10/2012 | 7:26:23 PM
re: Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
I agree with you on the usability issue. However, since Apple only has 9% of the PC marketplace, this could be a game changer. Many (obviously not all) users will upgrade to Windows 8 when they replace their machine. Since these tablets use the same interface, usability becomes a non-issue. I have used the Windows 8 app store and it is every bit as easy to use as the App Store. It remains to be seen how well Win8 will do, but if it takes off, the tablet marketplace will be changed forever. Without Jobs at the helm, do you really think Apple will be able to adapt? I have my doubts.
Don108
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10/9/2012 | 8:39:00 PM
re: Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
Say IW, could you go back through your archives and tell us how many articles you've run announcing a product that is "finally competition" for the iPad? I'm sure it's at least 30 or 40.
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10/9/2012 | 7:16:33 PM
re: Acer's $500 Windows 8 Tablet: Real iPad Rival
Matching specs seems to be all the other vendors can do, Apple knows people do not care about specs, but about usability. Unless the Tablets are rock solid in usability with a large pool of well designed and easy to use applications there will be no threat to the iPad. Look at the Android based tablets, the ones that are succeeding are based on being eReaders first with media capabilities, with nowhere near the same quality of applications because there is no gatekeeper to force a standard of quality. Only if Microsoft, not known for putting quality first, can have a similar ecosystem to Apple on quality, will the tablets even stand a change. If Microsoft introduces a fully functional and rock solid tablet version of Office at the outset, then maybe some businesses will consider the tablets, otherwise, just another also ran solution like Zune.


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