Microsoft is really pushing that Windows 8 will truly unite their platform across all devices and really give it a consistent look. However, the biggest issues are how well will Windows 8 tablets (slates) do and how will the OS fair on the desktop. Honestly, there shouldn’t be another OS that is better fitted for the enterprise than Windows 8. Sure there is a learning curve; but that SAME learning curve is there when one would hand an executive an iPad.
Things that could really work in Microsoft’s favor:
Bottom line: If Windows 8 turns out to be truly portable and is not overly expensive on a tablet this could potentially be a shifting in the tides.
Microsoft has finally decided to put it’s corporate foot down with OnLive. This app gives iPad and Android tablets the ability to access a virtual Windows 7 desktop that has access to the Microsoft Office suite and a fully functional browser. The Redmond company has expressed that this service is NOT properly licensed and it would be unfair to let OnLive continue down this path when there are other companies who virtualize Windows but actually pay for the copies.
This is certainly the right approach that Microsoft is taking and many might wonder what took them so long. Many Microsoft fans are definitely opposed to this because Apple would cringe if OSX was ever to run virtually on any device without an aluminum case.
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Bottom line: OnLive, putting a virtual Windows operating system on tablets is a great idea; however, if you want to do so pay licensing fees like everyone else. On the other hand, if these tablets are so powerful and potential “laptop-killers” shouldn’t they be able to provide the appropriate functionality out of the box?