Microsoft Windows 8 tablet upgrade preview
We upgrade the Windows 7 Fujitsu Q550 tablet to give users an idea of what to expect when the touch screen optimised Windows 8 is released in October.
InterfaceThe Metro interface is brought to life on the Q550, and feels better suited than the traditional Windows 7 desktop. The stylus, which is provided with the device is rendered redundant as there is no driver available. However, just like all the latest tablets, you primarily use your fingers to navigate, so this is not a problem.
Much like Google's decision to tie Android in with its online services, Microsoft requires users to login using a Windows Live account. It is also possible to create local accounts after the initial setup, which is useful if devices are being shared.
The Metro interface is similar to the one found on Windows Phone devices - the live tiles provide access to applications and will also be able to show users snippets of information when connected to the internet.
Although Microsoft has spent most of its time showing off the tile-based Metro interface in Windows 8, the operating system does have a traditional desktop interface, albeit one which lacks a start button. Microsoft's inclusion of the traditional desktop interface is a useful throwback for enterprises users who will no doubt have applications which are not initially Metro compatible.
Microsoft may have included a desktop interface but unless shortcut icons are left on the desktop, it will mean a meandering through Windows Explorer. Even for those users at home with running Windows 7 on a tablet, embracing the Metro interface in Windows 8 will lead to greater productivity, if the applications support the interface.
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