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Welcome back to my final installment of my Windows 8 Review. At this point I’ve pretty much covered most everything I want to say, but I do have one last thing I’d like to talk about and it gets me a little bit excited:
This Sunday I’m flying to New York to do a series of presentations for Universities across the state and I was thinking about what I’m going to pack. I’ve been testing different phones, tablets and laptops, and it occurred to me that Windows 8 combined with the Samsung slate device is a hybrid device. I can leave the iPad and the laptop at home and just take the slate device with me. The reason I take both with me is that I use the iPad on the plane for entertainment and for quick email responses, and I take the laptop for the hotel when I want to hunker down and get some real work done. This slate replaces the need for both devices. More importantly, I no longer have to spend $700 on a tablet and another $1000 on a laptop, I can buy one device and have it be both. This makes me wonder how I was ever duped into buying multiple devices for one purpose (me working). Windows 8 is a hybrid, and as such if it’s successful it’s going to reinvent the mobile user. We’re going back to having one device not two (unless you really want an ARM tablet), so I’ll rephrase that, I’M going back to one device not two.
There is a lot more analysis that could be done on Windows 8, such as: How the Windows Market Place will determine the success of a Windows tablet market, or will Surface simplify MDM management. There are a bunch of questions going on internally at Gartner and a lot of very sharp analysts are on the case. The main point to my blog (and I realize I got off track) was to review Windows 8 and I will admit I really wanted to have a medium for me to point out flaws in the use case of enterprise desktops (something I care about). These flaws are very important for me, as I tend to not recommend remoting a Windows desktop to a tablet device because Windows 7 and XP are not designed for touch. Windows 8 is and I want it to be the answer I need in the desktop virtualization field. I only hope my blogs and the countless others I have read only help to continue the development of this operating system. If you are going to the Gartner Catalyst (Twitter: #GartnerCat) conference you will hear me state that Windows is going to be around for a long time, these blogs are me doing whatever I can to help steer it in the right direction.
I’ve enjoyed writing these blogs, I hope you have enjoyed reading them. Please feel free to tweet me @gunnarwb, or leave me comments below. I love hearing feedback.