Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Microsoft Bi-Pad Coming

The pad is half tablet, half laptop.

The device will run the Windows 8 operating system, which is due out in the second-half of 2012. Windows 8 incorporates for the bi-pad and traditional computers an interface called Metro that is designed to be controlled by a user touching a display.


  1. Im a .Net developer (and Liberty Lover).

    This is a game changer in my mind. Buy Microsoft now. Windows phone will replace blackberry in market share next year....write it down.

  2. Ah Microsoft, the company only an engineer could love and the actual users of their products hate.

  3. @Anon

    Im pretty sure windows has tinsy winsy bit of market share in the OS department...especially in the commercial market. And, ASP.net is moving everything open source with interoperability with other tools, frameworks, and applications.

    They definitely are slow and nonresponsive in certain areas of their business. But at the end of the day, their new OS platform is going to be a significant change in direction from where theyve been in the past.

  4. If their device is as visually appealing as the iPad but has the compatibility with previous windows software along with flexibility, then I would consider it. All I've seen is the picture, though.

  5. MS has to go mobile with an integrated ecosystem or they will be steamrolled by Apple, imo.

  6. I'm a big fan of the new Metro design style, and would love to see Windows phones and tablets get good enough for me to integrate all my platforms, but having used the Windows 8 Release Preview for a while, I'm afraid they still have a long way to go.

    Metro on the desktop is really hard to use with a mouse. The hot corners don't work well, and the multi-monitor support makes this worse.

    The keyboard shortcuts work, but for a new user just sitting down at a new OS, this process will be almost impossible to figure out. Metro is also extremely limited in the number of functions it can present to the user at any one time. Great for tablets and phones, incredibly annoying on a desktop.

    I think Windows 8 will be a disappointment, but I still have hope for Windows 8.5.