I have been playing around with Windows 8 on my Lenovo X201 Convertible for the last couple of days and I have to say I am impressed by how far Microsoft has gotten regarding the User Interface and the touch responsiveness – even on “older” hardware.
Everything is fluent and it is fun working on the system. But then again I noticed a pattern – I play around in the Metro interface and am more or less disappointed in the quality and quantity of Apps available – however it is still a preview version. So I spend most of the time working with email and I am using the Mail App, Browsing and that’s about it. Then when I need to get work done I switch to the Desktop – and I am back at Windows 7 and everything that comes with it.
So far so good, but at this point I need to ask myself – why again do I need Windows 8?
This is exactly how I have worked on my iPad for more than 2 years now. I use the (still) far superior Apps for my main tasks (email, calendaring, Lync Mobile, Safari), I take notes with Penultimate writing on my iPad and when I need to use a Business Application I switch to my virtual Windows Client and get my work done.
Granted, that requires a hosted client somewhere (in my datacenter or in the cloud) and an App to access it (I use iTap RDP) as well as a Internet connection and not everyone has that available. But the technology evolves rapidly and will just be a matter of time until I can check out my virtual client and take it with me offline.
So – I have everything that Windows 8 is promising, just cheaper, lighter, better looking and with better Apps.
I will keep looking at Windows 8 just because I like technology and for many business situations a PC is better suited than an iPad – but for me personally, as a mobile user mainly dependent on email (I guess Microsoft would call me a Knowledge Worker), I already have everything I need.