Not many people we know own a Windows-based tablet right now, because Windows 7 simply isn't optimized for touch usage. However, Wired predicts that when Windows 8 hits the center-stage in the middle of 2012, consumer perception of tablets powered by Microsoft's new operating system will change -- for the better.
This prediction isn't a random one of course. Wired's Gadget Lab has actually seen one and it deems Windows 8 tablets useful, and even fun. With products running Windows 8 nearly visible in the horizon, Wired has come up with a few reasons why you should be excited about them.
One of the most compelling reasons given was that Microsoft is extremely late when it comes to participating in the tablet game. However it's seen as a boon, rather than a handicap, simply because it gave Microsoft more time to observe the competition. This gives them enough time to come up with something completely different from what consumers are used to, the Android and iOS tablets.
Also included as a reason, was Microsoft's implementation of a mobile experience, which is of course Windows Phone 7. It's a unique and capable phone operating system that Wired feels is well executed, and could serve as an indication of what to expect from Windows 8.
Fact is, Windows 8 is built from the ground up, making useless code bloat a thing of the past. This also enables developers to easily build Windows 8 applications (HTML 5) that translate well between environments, providing a clean and consistent user experience.
Last but not least, there won't be any operating system fragmentation, which speaks volumes for itself, especially to frustrated Android users.