Earlier this week, Microsoft took wraps off of their next version of Windows, Windows 10 and while it sure seems like Microsoft have finally got their act together creating one OS for multiple platforms, the media and tablet users aren’t so sure. Over the last few days, it’s been said over and over these past few days that a return to the Desktop is bad news for Windows 10 tablets. While I believe that Microsoft have, sadly, gone too far in the opposite direction this time, embracing the Desktop could be a great thing for Windows tablets and it could give Android tablets a run for their money. Now that Intel CPUs run cool enough and have good enough battery life to be used in tablets akin to their Android counterparts, Windows tablets are better than ever and Windows 10 could be the boost they’ve long been in need of.
One of the strengths that Microsoft keeps on playing to with Windows 8.1 is that many tablets can find themselves a desk and play double duty as a laptop or a small Desktop. My Nexus 9 can’t do that. Sure, I can hook up a Bluetooth keyboard to it – as well as a mouse – but it’s the same experience overall. With apps that rarely make use of the extra space or screen resolution and a one-app-at-a-time-please attitude that can be very annoying at times. Samsung makes great use of their multi-window feature here, but it still pales to Windows options. With Windows 10 paying more attention to the Desktop, now these tablets (which are getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 by the way) can live up to expectations of offering users a Desktop experience on the move, and with hardware like the Surface 3 and the excellent type cover, I can see myself enjoying Windows 10 like that.
Many users have bought a tablet to replace a laptop, but if these users are more advanced than someone that wants to browse the web, there are hurdles that quickly appear in front of the. While I’m happy with my Nexus 9, I don’t need anything outside of a word processor, so I have a Bluetooth keyboard and it’s good enough. However, a Windows tablet can run PhotoShop – proper PhotoShop – and it can run genuine Minecraft, instead of the horrible-to-control mobile version. It can basically do what that bulky laptop you had a few years ago could do and it can also just browse the web and watch YouTube. My point here is that any Windows 10 tablet (powered by x86 CPUs, of course) is more flexible than either an Android tablet or an iPad. Oh, and they’ll be able to play games from an Xbox One, too.
They’re not going to suit everyone, I would love to play Minecraft and some other Steam games on one, but outside of that I wouldn’t use it too much. For those on the go however, that want to lighten their load without sacrificing functionality will love a tablet that can quite literally do it all. Not to mention those that have used Windows all their lives will have something a little more familiar to use in the form of Windows 10. Right now, I think Windows on tablets lacks instant appeal with general consumers, but if Microsoft can build that up and find a way to communicate all of Windows 10’s great features then Android tablet stalwarts like Samsung and co might have something to worry about this year.