Running Windows software
If running windows (x86) software on a tablet was such a big thing, why didn't windows 7 tablets do better?
If ultrabooks aren't selling nearly as well as expected, how well will ultrabook-priced tablets sell>
767 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007
Everyone is missing the important point. The live tiles use more CPU power. Mor CPU power means more electricity consumed. More electricity consumed means more carbon emissions. More carbon emissions means higher temperatures. That means:
Windows 8 will turn the earth into a burning cinder.
Unless Microsoft almost gives away WinRT for 7" tablets, there will not be any competition with the 7" android tablets - the OS costs too much at that price point. If Microsoft makes a 7" tablet, they could compete with the 7" android tablets, but would piss off the other hardware manufacturers.
Usually Microsoft's latest OS takes a couple of service packs before they get it right. With WP8, it's such a dramatic change internally I expect that there are going to be quite a few teething problems.
Of course, someone will point out how much testing it has gotten, but Vista was heavily tested, too.
<<<People seldom like to learn to use new interfaces/desktops when the old familiar way to work is available to them.>>>
<<<So to me, if 25% of new users actually favour W8 over W7 I'd say that's a pretty good sign.>>>
Yes, but most of those who are running W8 right now are not your typical Windows users.
"I suspect it won't be long before I can get a 7" tablet for £100 or less."
You can get several 7" tablets at newegg for around $75. Of cours, they probably are not very good.
When the Amazon fire came out, it had a BOM of close to $200. After around 9 months, the BOM dropped around $50. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Nexus 7 BOM drops similarly. Take away the Google Play credit, and you are down to $125.
In the US, most smartphone users are on a two year contract that subsidizes most if not all of the cost of the phone. It's been well over two years since the iphone 4 was introduced, so there is alot of pent up demand for the iphone 5 - much more than if the iphone 5 would have been introduced on or before the 2 year annaversary of the iphone 4.
Prices for tablets are dropping - a cheapo 7" tablet is less than $100, and decent ones will be at that price in a year or two. A 7" windows8-RT tablet w/ MS office will be quite a bit more - 50% to 100% more, unless Microsoft decides to subsidize them by giving their OS + Office for free. That could happen if Microsoft believed that they could make it back from their app store.
"1. WP8 now starts with an app store of over 100,000 apps. WP7 started with only 300. And all of those WP7 apps will run on WP8."
That's really great if you have a top of the line WP8 smart phone - all of those apps are in the old WP7 screen resolution, so they look like crap on a HD resolution screen.
Don't forget the added G forces from the catapult - think of the elderly and small children. Also, they have to beef up the structure to take the loads - increasing the weight of the aircraft.
They will probably go to a low G forcees system - a mild catapult effect to minimize the above problems.
"Nokia may have dumped any plans to do Android at the same time as Windows, but if it does bomb they can still switch and rebuild."
Who knows what their contract with Microsoft allows? They may have to repay part of the money from Microsoft if they switch.
RHEL/CentOS tends to be quite a bit behind on the versions of software they are running - older, but very stable. RHEL6 is based on 3+ year old software, updated with security patches and bugfixes. (only a few packages are relatively new, such as firefox version 10). So getting it to run on RHEL would be alot harder than a distro that is based on recent versions of software.
"The cost of re-training is high, "
Of course, there are retraining costs with MS office - the new Metro interface might be a bigger change than switching to LO/OO, of Google Docs.
I'll have to admit that sometimes I just don't understand the "retraining" issue - you just poke and prod around it for a little bit, and off you go.
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