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Will Windows 8 be the last of the ‘traditional’ operating systems?


As always it starts with a comment and this time it was “I hate Windows 8 it is ****!!”. “Here we go again a client who hates Windows 8” I thought to myself.

The client had bought a new laptop for his business and naturally it came with Windows 8 (you can still get Windows 7 but it is becoming harder) and he was not happy.  This particular client had been on XP for ever and doesn’t like change at all.  Trying to explain to him that Microsoft is trying to have one operating system on all devices whilst also trying to get customers to move into the cloud was like trying to pull teeth from a crocodile.  It wasn’t going to happen!!

To me Windows 8 is a transitional operating system.  Tablets by design are consumption devices and consumers at the moment love them. Microsoft are trying to tap into this market by offering a device that consumers want (ie tablet) but also a device which allows them to actually do some work on and the best way to achieve this on a tablet is to offer work based apps like Office 365.  Windows 8 is designed with this in mind as it can run ‘Metro’ apps just as comfortably as it can with traditional software.

Windows 8 is also trying to stay true to its roots and run local applications on laptops and PC’s as not everyone is willing to give up their software just yet, but how much longer will this happen? Windows 7 and its predecessors were all about running applications like Microsoft Office on your local system. Future operating systems will be all about accessing applications in the cloud and Windows 8 is the transition in the middle.

Whether this is a good thing for everyone is debatable as without sufficient broadband speeds consumers, and businesses alike, would struggle to access online applications.  I guess only time will tell.

So over to you. Will Windows 8 be the last of the ‘traditional’ operating systems?

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more!!

 

 

 

 

Windows 8 Smartphones: A must try?

Today we have our first ever guest post!!

Windows 8 Smartphones: A Must Try?

As most Microsoft-powered PCs and laptops carry Windows 8, mobile devices have also shifted to the latest Windows OS. Over iOS and Android, Windows 8 seems to capture more users. Based on a study, 63 percent of the respondents said they prefer Windows 8 than iOS and almost all conversation over Twitter showed mobile users are more favored to Microsoft’s flagship than Android.

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Previously, we have discussed whether or not Windows 8 is really that bad. Personally, I find it more secure than other OS on the market, especially because you won’t need to install an antivirus if you have the latest Microsoft system. It comes with it pre-installed Windows Defender. But apart from the Windows 8 for the PC, I was surprised about the systems mobile version on the Nokia Lumia 822 with 4G LTE.

Here are the top Windows 8 Smartphones you should try:

  1. Nokia Lumia 920: Today, Nokia Lumia’s latest Smartphone is the best Windows 8 mobile device out there. It has unique designs and colors to cater for younger users (since children are now exposed to mobile devices. The 4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 920runs the Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and Adreno GPU with 1GB RAM. The display supports 768 x 1280 pixels (~332 ppi) and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. One of its best features is its very clear 8-megapixel camera.
  2. HTC 8X: Nokia’s competitor of the system is the HTC 8X. It has a 4.3-inch S-LCD2 display and same processor power and RAM. The GPU uses the Adreno 225, last year’s model. Although the camera is also 8-megapixel, we still find Nokia’s rear camera better as well as the battery.
  3. Nokia Lumia 820: Another Nokia Smartphone running the latest Windows OS is the Lumia 820. It’s the predecessor of Lumia 920 but it has the almost the same power except for their screen size and brightness. The Lumia 820 has a 4.3-inch screen and supports 480 x 800 pixels. The rear camera is also 8-megapixel but the front camera only runs VGA.
  4. Samsung ATIV S: This is the only device in the Samsung camp that has the Windows 8 system. Samsung ATIV S has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen supporting 720 x 1280 pixels (~306 ppi). The only unique features of this Samsung phone to other Windows-powered device, it is body structure. 1.9-megapixel front camera and better battery life (Li-Ion 2300 mAh).
  5. Huawei Ascend W1: One of the budget phones in my list if the Huawue Ascend W1. If you’ll compare this mobile device to other Smartphones, it can be your last option considering it has a smaller screen at 4-inch, same size as the iPhone 4’s display and running 1.2GHx Dual-core processor while the rest carries the Quad-core. But you’ll be amazed about its generous internal memory (4GB) and the back camera is also not that bad at 5-megapixel. Considering the specification of this device, it has a great battery (1950 mAh).

There are other Smartphones on the market that carry this powerful system but the ones noted above seem to catch my attention due to their features and prices. They seem to showcase no lagging or issues with any known bug. It will take a wise man to spend time creating a virus for this mobile OS since its pretty new and Microsoft ensured that they have applied the same defensive system for Windows 8 as for mobile. So, you can be sure that you can enjoy your Smartphone for a long time.

Overall, although the Start button still lacks in the Windows 8 interface for mobile, the Home page looks great for Smartphone and tablet (especially on the Microsoft Surface and the upcoming Microsoft Blue). You may find it difficult to navigate on the Windows Phone considering the look is very different from that of the OS and Android devices, but it just takes a little time to get used to, as how we put it “Windows 8 is different but it will grow on you.”

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Reese Jones has an insatiable passion for the internet, branding, mobile working and gadgets and tech. Her love of playing PS3 takes up most of her spare time and she also maintains a passion for cinema.

Windows 8 – The journey from pure hatred to new best friend


I had a call from a home client last week who wanted me to take a look at his new Windows 8 laptop.  When I asked him what the issue was I got the reply “I cant do anything on it.  It is just so ****** different.  Can you please come out and show me how to use it”.

No problem.  I turned up on site and it was obvious from the start that he hated Windows 8. He knew his way around a Windows 7 system and thought he would take to Windows 8 with no problems.  He was wrong.  So I asked him to be a bit more specific about what he was trying to do on the system.

Problem Number 1 – I don’t know how to open up any programs.

“What is this new start screen rubbish everytime I start the laptop”. These were his words regarding the new Start (aka Metro) interface.  I explained that Microsoft was trying to have the same interface across all devices.  So if you had a tablet, laptop or smartphone with Windows 8 you would see the same interface no matter what the device.  “I guess there is some logic in that I suppose but how do I get to my programs”

I showed him how to pin his most used programs to the Start Screen and told him that the Windows Key was now his new best friend.  Press the Windows key and you go back to the Start Screen where all his programs now were.  This he did like – very much.

Problem Number 2 – Where has the Control Panel gone?

I showed him how to search for the Control Panel and that in fact once opened the Control Panel is almost identical to the one in Windows 7.  I then again showed him how to pin it to his Start Screen so he would not have to go looking for it again.  Again this he liked very much.

Problem 3 – Where is Microsoft Office?

This you can’t blame on Windows 8.  The client had been using Office through their work computer for years and this being the first home laptop they had purchased themselves thought it came with Windows 8.  Once I had explained the finer points of Microsoft subscription charges (this they seriously didn’t like) and showed them how much Office 2010 would cost them I showed them Libreoffice which it turns out would satisfy their word processing needs.  This was installed and automatically pinned to the Start Screen.

The main thing my client wanted was to be shown how to use the new interface.  Once I had shown them that underneath all the new shiny stuff it was still the Windows they had used for all these years they were very happy.  They love that you can pin all your programs to the Start Screen and using the Windows Key can find them in an instant.  Rather than go through the Start button and search for them (by the way they don’t miss it) all their programs are there in one place ready to be clicked on.  Boot time is much faster than they were used too and when I left I heard the immortal words “I am actually beginning to like this”.

One more happy client.

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more!!

 

 

A week with Windows 8

I have tried Windows 8 a couple of times since its launch but to really see what it can do I decided to use it as my sole operating system on a daily basis for a week.  So it was to be used for internet browsing, social media, invoicing, blogging, updating the website and anything else business wise I could throw at it.  This is not meant to be a review of Windows 8 (there have been plenty of them already) but rather how it coped in my business environment.


As I do a lot of my work within virtual environments I decided to install Windows 8 within Oracle Virtualbox with ‘only’ 2 GB of RAM.  Installation was a breeze and soon enough I had the now familiar login screen.  I don’t like the fact you have to login with a Windows Live ID but since I have one it was not an issue.

Now onto the bit a lot of people hate – the new ‘Metro’ UI.  Personally I don’t mind it as I soon learnt that if you pin all your most used programs to the Start Page accessing your programs is very fast (press the Windows key at any point takes you to the Start Page where all your program shortcuts are).  While we are at it I don’t miss the Start button either. Moving the mouse to the top right of the screen to access the search function becomes second nature when you do it a couple of times, however there is a problem if you don’t know exactly what you are searching for.  If you are used to using Control Panel on earlier versions of Windows then this should not be an issue (just search for Control Panel and you get the familiar Control Panel screen with all the settings) but if you are used to just browsing for the setting you want to change then you might become unstuck.

The underlying feeling with the new interface is that all the good stuff from previous versions of Windows is still there and functions the same way (eg Control Panel) but there is now a completely different way to access it.  People don’t like change (I hated the new interface when it came out) but over time you get used to it.

Now onto the internet where I do most of my day to day work.  Internet Explorer 10 is fast and pretty easy to use however there were times when certain webpages didn’t render properly.  I personally prefer Google Chrome so I downloaded this instead.  Installation again was a breeze but initially Chrome ran a bit slow.  I had to tweak some settings to get it to run faster but since then everything has been fine.

For word processing and spreadsheets I use Libreoffice rather than Microsoft Office since I am an opensource fan and after a week of using it on Windows 8 I can say there have been no issues whatsoever.  It opens up quickly and has not crashed once (which is rather nice).  I have also installed and used GIMP for photo editing (adding images to my website) and again it has worked flawlessly.  The one program I did have issues with was Skype.  The new Skype interface was confusing and wanted to use the entire screen once opened.  This will take some getting used to.  One thing I will ask is it just me or is Skype less reliable now that Microsoft has taken it over?  The reason I ask is that I have had a lot of connectivity issues over the last 6 months which I don’t ever remember having before.

On the hardware side Windows 8 has been fantastic recognising all my usb devices without any glitches and even my HP Deskjet A printer was installed with no fuss (Windows even found and installed the driver without me having to do anything).

Oh I forgot to mention the start up time is very quick too but Microsoft could place the shutdown button in a more convenient place.

I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on what Windows 8 can do.  I have only really used it for one week and in that time I can’t really expect to use or tinker with every setting or menu.  From what I have seen so far I think Microsoft is on a good path.

So what is the overriding verdict then? For my daily usage Windows 8 has been fantastic.  It has done everything I could want it to do and more.  Would I go out and purchase it? Probably not and the reason for that is it doesn’t offer anything dramatically different (apart from the new interface) than Windows 7.  Here Microsoft has a big problem.  Windows 8 on a tablet or laptop with a touchscreen would be a very pleasant experience indeed but on a ‘traditional’ laptop or desktop there is no real WOW factor.  Yes it is very good operating system in my opinion but so is Windows 7.  People are more comfortable with the old interface and will continue to use that instead. Watch out for Windows 7 becoming the new XP.

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more!!

Why hasn’t Windows 8 been adopted more?


Windows 8. These two words have split opinion more than anything I can remember over the last couple of months.  Some people love the new look while others absolutely hate it but whatever you opinion the figures don’t lie – sales are not as strong as Microsoft would have liked. The sales of Windows Vista over the same period after its launch were higher and the public absolutely hated that!! So what are the factors that are affecting Windows 8 adoption? Lets take a look.

The new interface

This is what has caught most peoples attention.  The new UI is completely different to anything which has ever come out of Redmond.  Instead of defaulting to the traditional desktop it now defaults to ‘Metro’ instead and a lot of people don’t like this. Also the removal of the start button has changed the way you load programs (personally I don’t mind this) and people don’t like change.  Both consumers and businesses are going to have to relearn the way you use Windows and this has put off a lot of people.

The hardware wasn’t there

Personally I think this is one of the major factors affecting Windows 8 adoption.  To fully appreciate Windows 8 you need to try it on a touchscreen and to put it blunt the hardware at launch simply wasn’t upto the task and as yet it is still a long way behind.  On a laptop with a keyboard and mouse Windows 8 can feel clunky and not intuitive at all.  Use it on a touchscreen and the experience increases ten fold.

Windows 7

Windows 7 is having a huge effect on how people and businesses view Windows 8 but not in a good way.  People like it and are comfortable using it so why upgrade to a newer and different operating system in which they would have to relearn everyday tasks.  Windows 7 could become the new Windows XP and for Microsoft that could be a disaster.

Different versions of Windows 8

Microsoft has aimed Windows 8 as the operating system that can span multiple devices and architectures.  In my opinion this was a mistake.  Take a look at Apple who have OS X on their Macbooks and iOS on their phones and tablets.  This in my mind is the right approach.  If you try and cover all bases then people will expect programs to work on all the devices.  If they don’t you will receive a backlash (enter stage left Windows RT).  Design an operating system for tablets and touchscreen and design another for the ‘traditional’ laptops and PC’s.  This way consumers are in no doubt you can’t run the same apps / programs on both and everyone understands from day one.  At the moment Microsofts strategy is confusing.

Price of hardware

At the moment the price for Windows 8 tablets are too high.  Windows has always been associated with computing for the masses so trying to position yourself as an alternative to Apple and asking for the same price is just wrong.  Drop the prices and people will start to buy them.

Have I missed anything? If so please let me know!!

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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Is the desktop on its way out?

Now I am not talking about the PC (that is another blog) but rather the way we interact with our computers.  For years operating systems of all flavours, whether they be Apple, Linux or Windows based, have all had the same basic interface – the desktop.  This all changed when Microsoft brought out Windows 8 with its Modern UI (aka Metro) interface.  Overnight the trusty desktop went from being at the forefront of the user experience to being relegated to an addon and this coupled with the increase in tablet sales has got a lot of people talking about the possibility of the demise of the desktop.  So is the desktop on its way out? The answer is yes and no.  Let me explain.


The PC was originally designed for the workplace but overtime as they got cheaper more and more average people could afford them and so they slowly made their way into our homes. Your home PC will very rarily be used to its limits though.  Most users will download and play a bit of music, maybe watch some videos, surf the internet and might do some word processing but that is about it.  For a home user a touch screen accomplishes most, if not all, of these tasks and this is why tablets and smartphones are on the rise.  Last time I looked there is no need for a desktop on a smartphone or tablet so in the consumer market I would say the desktop is on its way out.

Now lets look at the business market where the mouse and keyboard are king.   Employees in a business environment need to be productive or their company will start to lose money.  A lot of people would miss the desktop if it disappeared simply because they have become used to it.  Without the desktop staff would have to be retrained which would cost businesses a lot of time and money.

A lot of business applications have also been written with the desktop in mind and to get rid of the desktop would mean re-writing a lot of applications and again this would cost businesses A LOT OF MONEY.  In the foreseeable future this will not happen.  Not even Microsoft would throw away billions in revenue just to get rid of the desktop.

Ah but what about the increase in BYOD into the workplace? This is a funny one.  Yes the employee could decide to buy an iPad and then use it for work but, and this is a big but, if they can’t be productive on it then management will pull the plug and get them back on either laptops or desktops.  Yes BYOD is a good thing (keeps costs down) but as yet it is still unproven in the workplace.  Only time will tell but at the moment I can’t see the desktop going anywhere in a business environment and Microsoft will struggle to get businesses to upgrade to Windows 8 as a result.

Here is a thought for you should Microsoft have brought out both a business version and consumer version of Windows 8? The business version could default to the desktop while the consumer version could default to Modern UI as it does now.  This way Microsoft could give both markets what they want.

What do you think?

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter

 

 

 

Is Windows 8 really that bad?


The dust has settled and Windows 8 has now been with us a while so I thought I would share some of my thoughts regarding Microsofts newest (and best?) offering.

When Windows 8 first arrived I was one of the many people who hated the new interface.  I thought it was overly complicated and so completely different that the average user would find it very difficult.  To use the interface effectively you need to remember that to access anything move the mouse to the top right hand corner of the screen or alternatively use the Windows key to return to the Start screen.  After using it for a while you do get used to it however it is still so completely different from previous versions that a lot of people still hate it.  People just don’t like change.

The lack of the Start button was another issue I didn’t like.  Again after using Windows 8 for a while I will be honest and say I don’t really miss it.  If you pin your most frequently used programs to the ‘Metro’ interface you will have access to them the minute Windows 8 starts.  As for the ‘traditional’ desktop I can say that I am using it less and less due to the fact that any installed programs are automatically attached to the Start screen meaning that I don’t have to go looking for them.  If your programs are attached to the Start screen then what is the point of the desktop? In my opinion Windows 8 doesn’t really need it.

One big plus I only found out this week is that you don’t need to install antivirus onto Windows 8 as it already comes with some installed in the form of Windows Defender.  I didn’t really see the point of Windows Defender in previous versions of Windows as I felt it just got in the way and caused more hassle than it was worth.  In Windows 8 it has the same functionality as Microsoft Security Essentials and seeing Security Essentials is a very good product to start with then surely this is a bonus.

The boot time for Windows 8 is another big plus.  It is very fast at startup and this is very welcome.

I haven’t really begun to explore the inner workings of Windows 8 yet.  For the most part under the hood it is still Windows 7 (Control panel, Computer, Device Manager etc) but the way you access the different menus is completely different.

The big question is would I advise a client to upgrade to Windows 8 or not?

Upgrade to Windows 8 – no.  I am a firm believer that if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it and Windows 7 is definitely not broke.  It is still a really good operating system so if you have it on your system my advice would be keep using it.

What about buying a new system?  This is tricky.  At the moment it is becoming more difficult to buy a system with Windows 7 on it.  I have a lot of clients who use XP and like it because in their eyes it is what they are used too.  A lot of these would find it very difficult to transfer over to Windows 8 without a lot of training so to these I would recommend Windows 7.  As for the rest I would say try Windows 8 but explain to them that the interface is completely different and to approach it with an open mind.  Windows 8 is different but it will grow on you.

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

 

Is Microsoft’s Surface Pro enough for you to turn your back on ‘traditional’ laptops?

Well the dust has settled and it is eventually here – Microsoft’s new Surface Pro tablet.  From the specs it looks a serious piece of kit with its i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM and to be honest I would be very tempted in getting one.  The question is though would you be tempted to give up on the ‘traditional’ laptop and switch all your daily tasks to a device which aims to be the best of both worlds – tablet and laptop?  Lets take a look.


So what are the advantages of the Surface Pro?

1. Runs the full desktop version of Windows 8 meaning you can run all your usual programs.

2. It comes with Microsoft Office as standard.  This will be a major plus for the business orientated customer.

3. It is very quick thanks to its i5 processor and SSD drive.

4. It can be a tablet when you want it too and a laptop when you don’t.

5. Access to the full Windows Store.  Apps make sense a lot more when using a tablet rather than a desktop or laptop.

6. Touchscreen interface.  Most Windows 8 laptops and Ultrabooks don’t have this yet.  Windows 8 makes more sense with touchscreen rather than a mouse.

And the ‘traditional’ laptop?

1. Most laptops are a lot cheaper than the Surface Pro.

2. You can run Windows 7 on a laptop which a lot of people are more comfortable with.  Windows 8 is a big learning curve.

3. The Surface Pro has a good screen but it can be too small for some.

4. Storage space on the Surface Pro might be an issue.  Even though it comes in 64GB and 128GB versions after you install all the inbuilt apps you only get 29GB free on the 64GB model with 89GB on the 128GB model.  Not exactly loads is it?  On a laptop you get hundreds of GB depending on the model you purchase.

5. The battery life on the Surface is awful.  Apparently in some tests it ran out after 3 1/2 hrs.  Most laptops will exceed this.

6. Actually doing ‘proper work’ on a laptop is much easier.  Typing, printing and so forth is much easier on a laptop than on a tablet.  Yes you can add a keyboard to the surface but it costs extra.

The Surface Pro is a good piece of kit but trying to be a hybrid means Microsoft has had to make compromises in some areas (eg battery life is better on a laptop while the iPad is a better tablet) but this is not the main obstacle it faces.  The price is very steep and it also runs Windows 8 which for a lot of business people is still untested.  A lot of businesses are still in the process of upgrading to Windows 7 and won’t probably upgrade to Windows 8 for a long time (if ever) and this is the main market that Microsoft is aiming for.  As much as I would probably buy a Surface Pro (if I could afford one) I think it is going to struggle.

So what do you think? Are you tempted or will you be sticking with your ‘old’ laptop?

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

 

 

 

Have you tested that software yet?

April 8th 2014.  You may want to add that date to your diary as it is the end of support date for Windows XP.  If you are still on Windows XP after that date you will not get any further security updates from Microsoft and your systems will be vunerable to all sorts of nasties if they are connected to the internet.


But that seems ages away so why should I worry right know?

True it is still a while away but it is always better to start planning these things early so you don’t end up struggling to make the switch right at the end.  Another thing to think about is will your software run on Windows 7 (or even Windows 8)? Getting systems for employees and training them up on the new operating system is one thing but not having a piece of business critical software running correctly (if at all) is a BIG problem.

If you start thinking about what software you use now, along with slowly upgrading your systems then the cost in terms of training and system outlay can be spread out.

OK so you know what software you currently have and what you will probably need in the future but how do you go about testing it with Windows 7?  You have the following choices.

1. Go out and purchase a system with Windows 7 and install the software on it.  Use the software over a period of time (personally I would say one month) and try to accomplish tasks you would do on a daily basis.  This should give you an idea how the software performs on the new operating system.

2. Install Windows 7 as a virtual machine on your existing system and test the software as described above.  The advantage of this method is that you only have to purchase a copy of Windows 7 and not a complete system.

3. If your software is not able to run on Windows 7 you can try either running it inside a Windows XP virtual machine, running it in XP Compatibility Mode or you may have to purchase a similar piece of software which does run on Windows 7.

Whichever method you chose I would strongly suggest you start thinking about testing your software sooner rather than later.  In doing this any teething issues that you weren’t expecting can quickly be resolved (my printer doesn’t work with Windows 7 — argh!!).

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

 

Is this the future of mobile computing?

 

Above is an image of my trusty Blackberry Playbook with its new accessory – a bluetooth keyboard.  Now you must be wondering why would I put a keyboard on a tablet?  The answer is productivity.  You see all the tablets on the market at the moment are consumption devices in that you browse the web, use Facebook etc.  Have you ever tried to actually do work on them? It is not easy to be productive on tablets compared to a laptop for example. By adding a keyboard you effectively turn a tablet into a laptop and being productive becomes a lot easier (you can type without losing half the screen which you do with the onscreen keyboard).


So what? You still don’t have the software like Microsoft Office on tablets.

That is correct but that will soon be changing.  Microsoft are in the midst of bringing out the Surface Pro which will run a full version of Windows 8 along with the ability to run Microsoft Office.  By doing this Microsoft is giving the user a clear choice – do your work on a laptop, desktop or a tablet.  If you are able to get the software you use on a daily basis on a tablet you can then use a tablet more productively.  This is the first time that this has happened and it could be a game changer.  When you just want a tablet you disconnect the keyboard but when you want to actually do work then you plug it back in – you are getting the best of both worlds.

If users are taken with the idea of Microsoft Office on a tablet then you might see laptop sales start to suffer (PC sales are still going down anyway) which could seriously hurt companies like Lenovo, Dell and HP.  If however users are not really that bothered then tablets will continue to be used to consume data rather then produce it.

And what about my Playbook? I will probably use it more for consuming data than producing it but at least with its new keyboard I now have the choice.

About the Author

P1020114

Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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