This year at Computex, Microsoft is presenting Windows 8 as its answer to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS which have taken over the tablet market. The personal computing niche is changing at top speed, just like the popularity of netbooks was in full swing some time back but has declined at an even faster rate. Now the laptops are also feeling the heat of the rapidly changing scenario, as they are being replaced by handheld tablets operated by touch screens.
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are two operating systems which have taken over the market of touch based mobile computing. Microsoft did try to break their monopoly with its Windows 7 but without much success. The reason is evident, as Windows 7 has never been designed to respond to touch commands and that made it inevitable for Microsoft to develop something drastic to make its presence felt in the world of the touchscreen. The result of their efforts is the new Windows 8 that has been gaining tremendous popularity among users and the industry, due to its impeccable features.
Computex is ready to start from next week, where a flood of Windows 8 powered devices is expected to steal the thunder of its competitors. The hardware producers that will launch Windows 8 based devices include market giants such as Dell, Samsung, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and many others. The devices expected to use this next generation computing system include smartphones, tablets, tablet PCs, ultrabooks and personal computers. The press conferences are about to reveal the big stuff from the first day of Computex; Dell has already unveiled a Windows 8 tablet which hasn’t impressed people with its features, but a device with better specs is on its way out.
Lenovo has also unveiled its Windows 8 tablet named Yoga earlier this year and is also expected to expose others at Computex next week. Other manufacturers are also planned to unveil the same, but due to confidential agreements, not many are sharing information.
Apple has proved the worth of iOS and iPad in many ways and its competitor, Google, has also made its presence felt in a large number of tablet devices available on the market. Still dominating the tablet scene, Android tablets continue to come out every other day. HP contributed to this arena with its Touchpad, powered by WebOS, but couldn’t stay on for long and vanished sooner than it was expected. Amongst all its competitors, Microsoft’s Windows 8 has optimum potential to come at the top, but it is quite early to say anything in this regard. It is quite likely that the upcoming round of tablets will be featuring Windows 8 more than any other operating systems. This is sure to be a nice change after using Android and its many versions for such a long time.
Microsoft has announced that the Preview of Windows 8 will be showcased in the first week of June and its Computex keynote will take place next week on the 6th. In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes on Computex and our curiosity level high.