Acer, Toshiba, & Asus Unveiling New Windows 8 Tablet Hardware at Computex Next Week

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damicatz

I don't buy locked down devices where I can only install programs that are "approved" by Microsoft/Apple et al.

It's not about security, it's about control and censorship.

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Neufeldt2002

Although I really don't like the look of Metro, I think Win8 has a chance on tablets. I really wish they would leave it off of the desktop though.

On a side note, I recently had the pleasure of filling in one of MS's survey's about advertising on the xbox, more to the point, the dash board that MS is using on the xbox. What got me thinking is that they are putting the dashboard from the xbox on windows phone, and now on windows under the name metro. The way one has to "sign" in to all these online accounts really has me wondering if MS is going to start delivering ads to your mobile devices and then the desktop the same way they do on the xbox. Even the top tiered membership for the xbox gets targeted ads from what I hear. Not a big jump to the desktop. First they'll claim it is for such-n-such accounts but for x number of dollars you can have this membership with no ads. Then I can see them having some excuse to put it on the paid accounts anyway. Just speculation on my part, but I am extremely leery of Win8.

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Peanut Fox

Ads won't work for them on the desktop or mobile very well. I can just see all the mods and hacks that will grace web page after web page on how to get around it. However, I don't think for a second that Microsoft isn't planing to try something.

I hate seeing the current state of the console gaming platform. Just looking at the Xbox from where it was and the focus of the device and it's interface being about games, and seeing it now where it's positioned as this media device rather than a dedicated gaming box sucks. I know it sounds stupid saying I want my device to do less, but when the focus is on all these things that I personally don't use the device for it sucks that the services around it are geared toward that. Not to mention I'm looking at an ad on ever single one of those damn sets of boxes many of them not even game related.

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Strhopper

I wouldn't put it past ads on the desktop. You or me will likely hunt down those how to hacks and work arounds. but the average joe user will not.

Plenty of incentive for MS to try it. Even if a large portion use work arounds the others will just be extra revenue.

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loozer

Real desktop>>Metro
EVEN on a tablet.

I made a video of how I set up windows 8 on my tablet:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJnutLKIzzU

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Strhopper

Disagree, Metro will be great on a tablet, especially for the average user.....

Not so good on the desktop though

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loozer

Have you actually tried it? I have on my tabley, and my only conclusion is that metro apps are slow, have crappy interfaces, and happen to be quite inferior to their desktop equivalents.

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NH3MAN

I love my "Windows Phone", although I wish they had a better name for it, so I can appreciate Metro on a bigger display. I love my Acer Transformer Tablet(Iconia Tab W500)& it Rocks with Win8 on it. Its plenty fast even with just the AMD Dual-Core C-50 processors & 2gigs of RAM. Battery life is exceptional and it plays BlueRays perfectly from a Samsung USB mobile Blueray/DVD drive. Even outputs HDMI to Hi-Res screens which is awesome while on the road. What I would like to see is thinner/lighter Tabs with even better battery life with naming that distinguishes the whole lineup because MS naming and marketing sucks. People need to see that an Ipad is not in the same league as a Win Tab. That being said I also can't see anything in Win8 that makes me need to contemplate upgrading my Desktop workstation from Win7.

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dracx619

it definitely took me a while to test out windows 8 because i was honestly concerned about the whole metro and desktop thing. ive been reading people's concerns and gripes about their experiences and bitching bout the start menu on this site and others. i finally took the plunge and upgraded my bootcamp partition of win 7 to win 8. after fiddling with these bootcamp drivers and getting everything to work and playing with win 8 for a couple of days, i honestly don't see what people are complaining about when talking about win 8 and using a mouse and keyboard.

at first i did feel it a little awkward only cause it was different. it really didn't take long to get used to it and it feels natural to me now. i can only imagine touch will be much better and once they release the trackpad gestures it will be even better for non touch laptops. there are a few issues i have with it and they mostly have to do with the music and videos hub. i hate that i cant search through my own videos (at least using the built in search doesn't do it, maybe im doing it wrong, can anyone chime in?)and it doesn't distinguish between movies, and tv properly like win 7 did.

the jump between dekstop and metro doesn't bother me yet but i do miss aero peek. so wile i am liking the experience, i definitely don't think ill upgrade any of my machines to windows 8 since i rather just save the money to get an every day win 8 touch laptop.

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Strhopper

While I'll agree that it's not as bad as some make it out to be, it does take more "clicks" to do certain things on 8 then it did on 7

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loozer

You can turn aero peek on easily. right click the taskbar and choose options.

Let's hope they don't remove it. No aero glass=no buy.

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Baer

I am one of those that is "wait and see" on Metro for the desktop, and I plan on always having a powerfull desktop. However, after using my new WIn Phone with excellent results for a couple of months I can see that having a tablet with Metro would be a very good fit. I have not been that interested in an iPad as it seems more of a display device than a working tool but a tablet with decient power with Metro certainly has my interest. As said here it will have to have competitive ergonomics and an excellent screen but if so I will then be getting my first tablet.

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veryoldgamer

"Opinions on Windows 8 as a desktop operating system are "defiantly" a mixed bag."

"Defiantly" a typo or definitely Freud showing his face?

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Justin.Kerr

definitely worth looking into!

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