Its strange that a company that has been for many years focused on developing software for PC speak so strongly about the commercial status of current mobile devices, especially in a tone as positive as what used by Microsoft during the TechEd Europe in Amsterdam, where the vice president of Windows Web Services, Andtoine Leblond very proud said that next year the tablets will remove from the top desktop computers in number of sales combined.
Of course, the commentary is said after the Redmond company announced Surface, its own personal mobile computing platform – which conveniently do not call it “tablet” – which makes it sound like a little self promotion for the official Windows 8 tablets on both ARM and x86 version . While the news is that 2013 is the year of tablets, Leblond also said that touch interfaces are coming with great force personal computers and that it will drastically change the way you interact with your system, getting to move the mouse, which in essence was the soul of the computer that reached advanced GUI operating systems. Similarly, the adoption of touch screens has become a source of annoyance to a segment of Windows users, who find that the new Metro interface in Windows 8 is so adapted to the devices’ touchscreen “that is uncomfortable for use with traditional peripherals, something that Microsoft tries to keep covered with a traditional desktop that will remain present in all versions of the new operating system.
This is not the first time a similar prediction is made, and is something that at this point seems more natural than ever given the high adoption rate of tablets and its versatility as a personal entertainment systems and productivity. The catalog of tablet devices is growing rapidly as interesting as the recently announced Google Nexus 7, the mentioned Microsoft Surface, and if we look back three months we have also had the last major Apple tablet,third generation iPadP with third generation Retinal Display. All these big announcements from leading companies are making the situation more for consumers to take an interest in this type of equipment, which facilitates access to content with a more direct interface with a learning curve that is very soft, which allows even inexperienced users to feel comfortable and get to control their personal device faster. All these factors are realizing the prediction of Microsoft and many analysts, who have been waiting more than a year for this key moment.
Anyway Microsoft is convinced that all platforms have a gap in the market and that in the future may continue to coexist as usual, being able to keep Windows 8 with the same functionality across various devices thanks to the dual mode that switches between various nodes of the Metro interface and conventional desktops without problems, with the simple click of a mouse or finger pressure on the screen. “They have to choose between a small tablet, thin and light or applications that are needed” [...] “They don’t have to choose between the device and the device you want to use for work “, Leblond said regarding the hybrid operation and the large catalog of applications available to users of Windows operating systems.
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