On October 25, Microsoft officially released the new operating system, Windows 8 and announced the information of Surface tablet, a kind of new tablet based on Windows 8. The release of Windows 8 is different from other operating systems, for it is not only a normal renewal of desktop PC system, but also a mark that tablet PC is about to enter a new era. It’s thin and lightweight, comes with a keyboard cover for better typing, allows you to run the traditional Windows desktop. We can also see many other front-line brands have also launched a variety of Windows 8 tablets, such as Dell, in the following days.
Nevertheless, despite its merits, we have to admit that the sale of Windows 8 tablets around the world is not optimistic at all. As for the reasons, it has been heatedly discussed recently. Some insist that it is due to the flaws in Windows 8 itself, compared to Android and iOS, for example, the new form of password in Windows 8—Picture Password, which is so difficult to remember the gestures and makes users have to deal with Windows 8 password reset frequently. But still others take more factors in Windows 8 tablets into consideration as follows.
A main constraint for Windows 8 tablets’ popularity may lie in their relatively high price, I suppose. Insiders say that a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet PC from first-line brand manufacturers is mostly valued as at least $685. However, the price of a 10-inch Android tablet with NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processors is mostly $275 to $412. We can see that the price gap is quite considerable. Is it worth to pay $799 for a Windows 8 tablet with an Atom processor? Besides, Asus, a mid-range computer vendor, needs $599 for a Windows RT tablet with NVIDIA Tegra ARM? If you want a keyboard for either one, that’s to say, it will cost you an extra $199. Nowadays, consumers look for the best values for what they spend, rather than the latest goods with less value.
On the other hand, although the quantity of software in Windows 8 platform has been developed greatly than that at the beginning of its release, it is still far behind the quantities of Android and iOS software. Besides, Windows RT, a new member of Windows 8, suffers the same problem Windows Phone does, that is, it can only choose very few applications. Due to Windows RT operation system is incompatible with traditional Windows software, consumers’ interest to buy this kind of tablet PC will reduce to a large extent. At the same time, Windows RT won’t let users install programs from any other source but the Windows Store. That’s to say, all you have is the limited selection of tablet apps in the Store.
All in all, the development of Windows 8 tablets is a little disappointed. However, facing this embarrassment, what will Microsoft and other computer companies do? Is there any improvement? We’re looking forward it!