Windows 8 Tablets are going to be reality pretty soon. Many wonder ifÂ Windows 8 tablets will beat Ice Cream Sandwich Android tablets? If priced too high tablets based on new OS from Microsoft are doomed to fail.
A new rumour regarding Windows 8 tablets is making the rounds. DigiTimes has reported that Wintel-based Windows 8 tablets can be priced between the range of $600 to $900. Citing unnamed sources, the tech informer also added that this is because Microsoft and Intel’s are in a deadlock regarding the prices for the Windows 8 OS and Clover Trail-W chips.
This is far more than the current rate of tablets. Kindle Fire, at $199, has brought down the average cost of tablets. Even the costliest of the tablets in the market, namely the iPad 2, with 16 GB of storage is marked $499. This is more than a hundred bucks lower than the starting price of Mango tablets. If this rate list is not modified to a more acceptably lower level, it might be a deterrent in the popularity of the new tablets.
Digitimes also reported that in case Intel does not bring down the cost of its chips, even notebook vendors might opt for ARM-based chips from vendors like Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Texas Instruments.
On the other hand, Microsoft has stated that it would release a version of Windows 8 that would target the tablets but would run on the ARM architecture. Following this information, Microsoft was expected to reveal the price tags also of Windows 8 tablets or PCs, but it did not do so. It went on to give more information about the software itself, adding that Windows 8 will also boast a security feature called Secure Boot.
Secure Boot takes care that no malware can ever be installed. It confirms that all programs contain the appropriate security certificates before they are allowed to launch, thus eliminating the accepted presence of a malware from the beginning. And since this means that programs must need a green light from Windows 8 to be installed, so all PCs must ship with Secure Boot enabled to be working.
As good as the concept sounds, some critics are nevertheless not so happy. The doubtful critics claim that Secure Boot would allow Microsoft to block the installation of any software it views as a threat, rather than the software actually being a threat. In such a case, Linux would fall under the category of a â€œthreatâ€, and thus cannot be installed on Windows 8 systems.
Microsoft has challenged this criticism, claiming that this is only partly true. It clarified that the certification requirements are clear about the fact that on Intel-based Windows 8 PCs and notebooks, users will have the freedom to turn the Secure Boot system on or off, thus eliminating any chances of an unwanted block in the installation of programs. Furthermore, software vendors can include their own certificates with their products that will in turn be approved by Secure Boot.
But the disabling of Secure Boot is not possible on ARM-based Windows 8 tablets. Here the softwares will have to be certified by Microsoft itself and no other party. Microsoft claims that this move is in accordance with the plan to create a tightly controlled ecosystem around Windows 8 tablets. This harks to the system created by Apple, where similar certifications are required to be a part of the ecosystems of Apple iPhones and iPads.