Posted by:Monica Samuel December 12th, 2012

Despite the furor surrounding the release of Windows 8 and talks of ‘disappointing sales’ of Windows RT tablets, there is a steady release of Windows devices into the market. And they’re selling. Enterprises too are hoping Windows Phone 8 will be the answer to IT concerns, post BlackBerry.

As of now, Windows 8 or Windows RT can be seen on tablets, convertibles, Ultrabooks and notebooks but mostly only in the US. Numerous device manufacturers have tied up with Microsoft such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic. That’s an impressive list and it’s not all because of Microsoft’s clout. Manufacturers can sniff out the potential of emerging mobile operating systems.

PC sales are on a downward slope as tablets surge upwards. Non-tech users who only need a computer to browse the Internet, watch videos, share clicks and chat with friends are spoilt for choice with zippy smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and things like Chromebook flooding the market. They’re affordable options that serve more than one purpose for home and business users. No wonder PC sales are going down.

Mobile application developers as well as enterprise application developers must keep the new mobile device forms and capabilities in mind as they build software for Windows. There’s Microsoft Surface that we’ve already covered in detail. Other released or upcoming creative Windows devices in the market include:

    • Lenovo ThinkPad Twist: A laptop cum tablet with a swiveling screen is home to a 1.7GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 12.5-inch screen and Windows 8.
    • Asus VivoTab (Windows 8 ) & VivoTab RT: Equipped with a Mobile Dock with a stylish hidden hinge design. VivoTab features 1.8GHz Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD with 3 years ASUS storage and Windows 8. The RT version comes with NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core / Icera410 processor, 2GB RAM, and 64GB SSD.
    • HP ElitePad 900: HP’s tab comes with Productivity Jacket that converts it into a laptop with keyboard and expansion slots. Expected in January 2013, ElitePad 900 features a 1.8GHz Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 10.1-inch screen and Windows 8.
    • Asus Taichi: Sporting two LCD screens – one on the outside (tablet use) and one on the inside (regular), Asus Taichi comes with 1.7GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 11.6-inch screen, and Windows 8.
    • Dell XPS 12: Here’s a screen that can rotate 360 degrees within its frame for easy viewing by others around you. Dell XPS 12 comes with 1.7GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 12.5-inch screen and Windows 8.
    • Acer Aspire S7: Featuring a lay-flat hinge that’s ideal for tabletop presentations and office work, Acer Aspire S7 features a 1.7GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 11.6-inch screen, and Windows 8.
    • Toshiba Satellite U925t: Another variation of the tablet cum laptop – the tab slides into a groove on the keyboard to work as a laptop. Satellite U925t comes with 1.7GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 12.5-inch screen and Windows 8.
Other devices that come with Windows 8 or are capable of hosting Windows 8 include Acer Iconia W510-1674, Sony’s Vaio Duo 11, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T, HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000, HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4t-1100, and more.

Clearly, Windows 8 is not a slow runner. Sure, it’s not there with Mac Air yet but that’s an unfair comparison at this stage.

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Resources:

  • Microsoft’s Surface RT Is Still The Most Popular Windows 8 Device (forbes.com)
  • Asus shows off Windows 8 and RT lines (reviews.cnet.com)
 

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