Windows 8 - time to get excited about a Windows tablet?
There have been roughly three billions attempts by Microsoft to get consumers excited about the prospect of a Windows tablet device. Some of them were very exciting although entirely fictional, some were seemingly real but as exciting as a bag of spanners.
Nearly two years later we've arrived at the Windows 8 operating system, and finally there may be cause to cheer. The Windows 8 interface debuted at this week's D9 event in California, and while it won't be commercially available for several months, it does look impressive. It exists for one thing. For another, it's showing signs of innovation that beat Apple - being able to operate apps simultaneously in the same space, for example.
The only issue is that the Office suite of applications doesn't seem to have been re-engineered for touchscreens. That obviously wouldn't matter if you were running Windows 8 on a PC, but it's difficult to imagine that Excel would be a doddle on a tablet without a complete overhaul: