Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8 tablet consumer preview was released on February 29, 2012. You can download and install it to get an idea of what the future brings. Finally users can have a “no compromise” tablet and mobile device experience. It feels like I have been waiting forever, seriously…but I am a bit impatient when I get truly excited about something. If you have been following me, I am obsessed with mobile BI, mobile devices and mobile applications.

With Windows 8 tablet, users can have a “no compromise” experience. Windows 8 delivers a touch first experience along with full support for mouse and keyboard where users can have the convenience and mobility of a tablet, power and familiar experience of the full PC and ease to effortlessly move between work and personal activities. Also, with Windows 8 tablets users have connected experience with Metro style apps while they also can use all their desktop LOB and productivity apps they use today on Windows 7. Finally, since it is Windows, companies can take advantage of their existing management and security infrastructure, as they manage Windows 8 tablets. That last point is a big deal when it comes to mobile BI and securing your data.  Security is the #1 concern when it comes to mobile apps since cool gadgets do get lost and stolen.  System Center 2012 actually  has some very nice features around deployment and security for iPads, Android and other devices.  Back to Windows 8, here are a few other points about it:

– Designed to be Cloud Connected  – New Windows Store  – Internet Explorer 10 was designed for Windows 8

This is a pretty big deal since in addition to the new, cool stuff Microsoft also has to support millions of existing applications.  Thus Windows 8 will provide two UI modes Metro and Classic.

Metro Style – This is the new “immersive experience” mode, optimized for touch input and designed to compete with all modern tablet devices. Metro style applications can be built in HTML5 and JavaScript or XAML and C, C++, C#, or VB.

Classic Desktop – Classic mode will continue to be appropriate for “work at your desk” scenarios and supports applications that run on Windows. Silverlight and other browser plugins will continue to be supported the way they work today.

More posts to come on this topic!  In the meantime, download the iso to see it for yourself.