Windows 8 Tablet, developer preview
Yesterday I saw on "This Is My Next..." a nice writeup about early developer hardware and software which combined could be called Windows 8 Tablet.
If you do not have the time to read that entire wall of text, here are two highlights
"However, fan noise is very noticeable, as is the heat coming out of the top vent"
"We were pretty disappointed to see the tablet running on x86 architecture, with only a token gesture to ARM during our session, but VP of Windows Planning Mike Angiulo assured us that the progress on ARM is coming along quite nicely"
Fans on tablet? When Steve Jobs said "if you see the stylus, they are doing it wrong" he did not even dream that someone could put fans into tablets. So here is me saying it: If you hear the fan, and feel the heat exhaust, they are doing it wrong.
But let's leave this aside for a moment.
Let's look at the bigger picture.
This is a developer version of hardware and presumably software. Most likely, this is what the developers will get to work with in order to develop software which will have to defend Windows flag on the day of the release. This could very well be the software that will make or break Windows Tablet, as people will start blogging and yelling about what they see in the first month.
And the development platform which developers will use before the release is a fan-buzzing, x86 architecture device, and in the real life Windows Tablet might be ARM processor quiet machine.
How the hell are developers supposed to work on that? How can they have one version now, and then something completely different a bit later?
Do you remember when Apple first presented iPad (1)? How they introduced applications which were developed behind the scenes, The New York Times, Need for Speed, and more. Here is a video, I strongly suggest you refresh your memory:
Can you guess what hardware and software those behind-the-scenes developers had to work with? They had bloody iPad. Not x86 version of iPad. They had the real stuff. Yes, Apple had them sign huge NDA agreements, and probably had one Jack Bauer clone in their office at all times, but the end result is that the apps developed for the first unveiling of iPad were the same running on developer machines as well as millions of iPads sold later.
Why is it that other companies do not even try to compete with Apple? Why? Why do they have to fail so miserably anyone could see that the future of their product is termination? HP/Palm WebOS? Blackberry Playbook? We might now remember with a tear in our eye how these platforms looked promising but we all knew right there and then - they stood no chance.
I want Apple to have competition, a fierce one. This will not decrease the price of their hardware, but it will make software much better. It took Apple 5 versions of iOS to deliver good notification system, and they only did it because Android is breathing behind the neck with their superior notifications. Competition is a win-win situation for consumer. And so far, and in the foreseeable future - there will be no serious competition.