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  • Microsoft Windows 8 'Legitimately Threatens' iPad Dominance


    The camps are once again at war. This week, following the official Windows 8 preview by Microsoft, Apple fanatics and Microsoft die-hards are squaring off in a heated new debate sparked by the plethora of tech reporters and industry analysts who see the Windows 8 operating system as the first "legitimate threat" to the iPad.

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    After Microsoft's previewed its coming operating system, Windows 8, on a prototype Samsung tablet at a conference in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, some tech-savvy observers reportedly called it the downfall of Apple's iPad.
    Microsoft's Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky said at the conference that Microsoft's Windows 8, which is optimized for both PCs and tablets, will be a revolutionary force in personal and mobile computing. "We re-imagined Windows," Sinofsky said. "From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise."

    In addition to the attributes of the operating system itself, major players in the PC and tablet realm are already hopping on the Windows 8 bandwagon. Just yesterday, we witnessed Dell and Samsung's enthusiastic plans to release tablets based on the new Windows 8 OS, although a release date for the OS hasn't yet been announced.

    "Windows has long been the dominant computer operating system in the world," a report from the International Business Times reads, "though it missed a couple of beats, as consumers began turning to tablets and smartphones to work and socialize. With Windows 8, Microsoft has its eyes set on the tablet market and is aiming to regain the ground it has lost to Apple."

    So, is this hype just another example of erroneous "iPad-killer" talk, or does Windows 8 pose a "legitimate threat" to Apple's tablet dominance?

    Source: International Business Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Windows 8 'Legitimately Threatens' iPad Dominance started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      There will never be a victor to the "my OS is better than yours" debate; it is a to each his own type of thing... But iOS is better! (just messin :P) I really don't understand why people get so upset when this debate comes about. It is almost like they personally had a hand in creating the OS, when they had nothing to do with it in reality. This stuff < logic.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imahottguy View Post
      There will never be a victor to the "my OS is better than yours" debate; it is a to each his own type of thing... But iOS is better! (just messin :P) I really don't understand why people get so upset when this debate comes about. It is almost like they personally had a hand in creating the OS, when they had nothing to do with it in reality. This stuff < logic.
      Good point...

      We shall see... So far looks like hype. MS needs to rewrite the entire system and not create a spiderweb over 7 and call it 8! All in all it's great news for consumers. Hopefully MS lights some fire in innovation and we see some real good NEW tech devices as a result. I for one am sick of everyone trying to hang on the heals of Apl. Let's get some leaders with more and newer stuff!!!
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      The way I see it Microsoft "misses a beat" with every second release of Windows. Windows 3.1 was ok for it's time, 95 had issues, 98 was good, ME sucked, XP is still one of the best (but now outdated) operating systems of all time, Vista was a mistake, and 7 is acceptable.

      Kinda reminds of the Star Trek movie franchise track record.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Every other week there's a new something which is going to be the iPhone/iPad killer. Never is though.

      Can you remember the hype around the palm pre, the ultimate death of the iPhone? Lulz.
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imahottguy View Post
      There will never be a victor to the "my OS is better than yours" debate; it is a to each his own type of thing... But iOS is better! (just messin :P) I really don't understand why people get so upset when this debate comes about. It is almost like they personally had a hand in creating the OS, when they had nothing to do with it in reality. This stuff < logic.
      Agreed.
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      winodws 8 looks pretty damn sick..
    1. Paco's Avatar
      Paco -
      This debate is tearing us apart!!!!
    1. bmh19's Avatar
      bmh19 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imahottguy View Post
      There will never be a victor to the "my OS is better than yours" debate; it is a to each his own type of thing... But iOS is better! (just messin :P) I really don't understand why people get so upset when this debate comes about. It is almost like they personally had a hand in creating the OS, when they had nothing to do with it in reality. This stuff < logic.


      Very good point. I would say to all the haters on both sides (guess all sides with chrome coming) that the real winners are consumers ourselves. Competition from msft will only force apple to further innovate. Maybe msft is finally getting over itself and its "made men" (from an article on courier and android) and is finally getting out of cruise control. It is actually funny on one hand ballmer cries about the apple tax and how apple is able to achieve such high margins and at the same time steve jobs complains that msft has a price advantage as they have more suppliers (most likely complains for show). Hopefully in the future the apple tax will be gone and there will be credible products from multiple suppliers.....that way consumers like us will not get stuck in exclusive contract on overburdened networks that really don't work.
    1. Kinkme93's Avatar
      Kinkme93 -
      LET'SS GO MICROSOFT!!!
      As Rob Schneider would say "YOU CAN DO IT!!"... I hope
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      if windows 8 is done the right way and combine with the best hardware, it's over for crapple and the ipad hahahaha***D
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      I didn't even waste my time reading the whole article. You can't compare a released O/S as in lion or IOs4 and 5 to one that is still in beta. That makes no sense. By the time this OS is released we will be so close to iO/S 6 any comparisons made now will again be pointless.

      Report news not junk.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      I think it's talk, Windows works on a desktop (barely), but it is way too bloated to ever run efficiently on a tablet.I mean the Windows 8 download is in the GB range, it needs to be under 1GB for a tablet and that's after installation.
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      if windows 8 is done the right way and combine with the best hardware, it's over for crapple and the ipad hahahaha***D
      Love both windows n crapple as you said!! But is this about who's better or haters? Cuz seen to me u just hate!! I have both and love both. Use windows for so long I can't remember and apple for about 5 years and in my opinion I have both of the best world! No hate!!
    1. Bigmaxx2000's Avatar
      Bigmaxx2000 -
      I hope Microsoft does have a revolutionary release. This will only increase competition and will result in better tech eventually! I am looking foreword to this release.. I'll put it on my Mac with parallels
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Why is that?? Every phone that comes out is an iPhone killer? Every pc or tab iPad killer? Just funny to be. Why not just make a great damn tab or cellphone which we like just because is a great phone or tab not cuz is a iPhone or iPad killer ?!!
    1. jeffhesser's Avatar
      jeffhesser -
      Windows 8 is absolutely the reason i'm holding onto my ipad 1 and waiting to see how win8 changes the tablet space.
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bigmaxx2000 View Post
      I hope Microsoft does have a revolutionary release. This will only increase competition and will result in better tech eventually! I am looking foreword to this release.. I'll put it on my Mac with parallels
      See with you I agree 100%
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Hyped to the max it is still windows
    1. aimetti's Avatar
      aimetti -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmwade77 View Post
      I think it's talk, Windows works on a desktop (barely), but it is way too bloated to ever run efficiently on a tablet.I mean the Windows 8 download is in the GB range, it needs to be under 1GB for a tablet and that's after installation.
      odd , windows 7 works perfectly fine for me.
    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      Quote Originally Posted by mustard05 View Post
      I didn't even waste my time reading the whole article. You can't compare a released O/S as in lion or IOs4 and 5 to one that is still in beta. That makes no sense. By the time this OS is released we will be so close to iO/S 6 any comparisons made now will again be pointless.

      Report news not junk.
      It's not junk. There was not once a comparison in this article to iOS4 or iOS5. Maybe you should have read the whole thing. All it said was that Windows may finally have come up with an answer to Apple and iOS, which have been steadily gaining ground while Microsoft and others have been slipping. Clearly it's not fair to make those comparisons, but they weren't made. Read before you post. Make comments useful, not junk.