Windows 8 tablet vs iPad 3 war may intensify in the days to come. Apple chief Tim Cook has suggested that Windows 8 may fail
Windows 8 tablet vs iPad 3 war has begun even before the formal launch of Windows 8 tablet or even a full-fledged version of Windows 8 operating system in the market. There is so much anticipation from the forthcoming Windows 8 tablet that everyone is expecting the tablet market to undergo a sea change with its introduction in the market later this year or early next year.
The expected launch of the Windows 8 tablet seems to have unnerved even the market leader Apple too whose iPad has been ruling the tablet market for the last three years. Apple bosses seem to have been so much concerned with Windows 8 tablet that Tim Cook has gone on to publicly criticize the Microsoft’s forthcoming product.
Though the Apple boss didn’t really name Microsoft, his comments showed amply as to what he actually meant. While responding to a question Tim Cook said, “Anything can be forced to converge…But the problem is that the products are about tradeoffs. You begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn’t please anyone…you can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but you know, those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user.”
Tim’s argument may seem very natural from surface, but probe a little bit and it will show his frustration over the excitement that the Windows 8 has generated in the market. Microsoft, the software giant is all set to update its Windows OS with an ARM processor friendly version, called the Windows 8 before yearend. Windows 8, unlike its previous versions, will support tablets and other ARM-powered products. Microsoft, on the other hand, has made deals with a set of tech makers including its exclusive partner Nokia to build hardware for Windows 8. As a whole, we are about to get a set of Windows 8-powered tablets by midyear.
One of the most talked about feature of the Windows 8 tablet will be a spectacular user interface. The Windows 8 UI will almost look like the interface of Windows Phone 7, which is named Metro. To remain competitive to iOS and Android, Windows might get a new and fresh UI. Otherwise, customers won’t have any attraction towards the platform.
Experts say that the biggest advantage that Windows 8 tablet will have over its competitors including iPad 3 is the diversity of hardware. Windows 8 is to enter into the tablet market with a number of tablets from various technology companies manufacturing tablets. Besides Nokia, the official hardware partner of Microsoft, many leading and midrange firms may likely manufacture tablets for Windows 8. The list includes the biggies such as Samsung, HTC, ASUS, ZTE, Huawei and Acer. All these companies have built smartphones for Windows Phone 7. This diversity of products has been the major reason of Android’s triumph and, of course, it will push Windows 8 as well. But with Mcrosift’s Windows 8 operating system a lot better and much improved things may fall in line for it far easily than for Android tablets.