Dragging Windows kicking and screaming in to the future is no easy exercise, but Microsoft has a lot riding on the release of Windows 8. With full cross platform abilities Microsoft has a version of the Tile OS ready for every platform, from Smartphone and tablet to the replacement for the corporate desktop, Microsoft is about to change the computing landscape forever.
Essential to the success of the new platform is the hardware that will run Microsoft’s brand new operating system. At this week’s IFA tech conference in Germany the world has been witness to the Rise of the Transformer. Some slide, some snap together while others convert and some even flip, common to all they are capable of transforming from a tablet into a device capable of replacing your desktop computer. Far more than a common laptop and far sexier than a vanilla desktop computer Windows 8 is about to bring the gesture revolution to the desktop, especially the corporate desktop world.
The Rise of the Transformers sees manufacturers trying to get more out of the tablet form factor, taking advantage of Windows 8 gesture enabled touch screen as well as the tradition speed and convenience of a tangible keyboard, the Windows 8 transformers seem to have it all.
Continue reading The Rise of the Transformers. Dell, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo, Samsung and HP prepare for the Windows 8 Battle…
Tablets and Smartphones, the little touch screen windows to our online lives are a fast evolving technology. Apple, the undisputed leaders of the touchy feely lifestyle have a new generation of smartphone and tablet waiting in the wings, preparing to be released upon the world. Microsoft was also seen in the background parroting the phrase “and you’ll be able to run Office!”
Insider rumours are suggesting the new iPhone, number 5, will include a larger 16:9 wide-screen profile display. At four inches diagonal the new retina display will keep pace with the ever increasing size of smartphone displays. Said to be Steve Jobs’ last project expect something special.
Also said to be in production, alongside the new iPhone literally, is the mini iPad. A tablet so cute that the Kindle Fire was overheard muttering while walking off “mirror mirror on the wall…”
Continue reading Apple Strikes Back. The iPhone 5, The Mini iPad And Microsoft Office 15 Gate Crashes The Party…
Since the days of Moses Tablets have been an important tool for recording and sharing information. Sure Moses used his tablet with an iron stylus and hammer, his tablet was made of stone after-all. Strangely enough the purpose was the same whether stone or silicon, its all about information and connecting with people.
A few quick statistics. Worldwide tablet sales for Q3 2011, Apple 11 million, Samsung 1 million, HP 903,000. The Amazon Kindle has sold over 6million units in its short life so far. Android currently owns 42% of the US market, Gartner research expects Android to surpass Apples iPad in market share within the next two years.
IDC is forecasting that tablet sales will be in the hundreds of millions by 2016, they mustn’t think much of Windows tablets though, as they also quote 2016 as the year they pass 1million sales a year. Not great for the mighty Microsoft but great for Android and iPad tablets. Retailers are also overjoyed with the incredible growth in the tablet market, you could easily get the feeling they are the only thing keeping cash registers going ca-ching at the moment.
Continue reading The Tablet Wars Twist And Turn. Apple, Samsung, ASUS, Acer And The Rest Of The Gang…