Like every version of Windows, Windows 8 will probably do well on traditional PCs used by businesses. But of course, Microsoft is betting that Windows 8 will also be an iPad killer.
To do that Microsoft has made some very un-Microsoft decisions for its tablets. It will have two versions and they won't run the same software. One will be geared toward consumers and may not be good for work. The other will be ok for work but might sacrifice on things like battery life.
Bits and pieces have been leaking about Windows 8 tablets including models, price, specs, apps and more. Before you buy, study up. If you chose wrong, you could be really disappointed.
When will Windows 8 be here? Still not known ...
Microsoft still hasn't said exactly when Windows 8, and tablets that use it, will arrive. We know they are slated to arrive in 2012. Most believe they'll be here in the fall, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Microsoft will trim Windows 8 to four versions.
Thank goodness. Microsoft has stopped the version madness with Windows 8 -- sorta. There will still be four versions. The biggest difference is if they run on ARM processors or Intel processors. Versions for Intel are Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise edition.
These will be able to run Windows 7 software and turn off the Metro interface and use the old familiar Windows 7 style instead.
Introducing the new Windows RT ...
Windows RT is the official name for what Microsoft had been calling Windows On ARM. It's a new version of Windows designed to run on low-powered ARM processors, which are used in a lot of tablets today.