Whether you think Microsoft has made a fabulous strategic decision or taken a decidedly wrong turn with its ubiquitous OS, Windows 8 is now on the street.
Here’s why I’m actually looking forward to buying a new Windows 8 computer.
Replacing an old but trustworthy companion
It’s been my traveling companion for many years. It’s written many a Windows Secrets Patch Watch article while I’ve been on the road. Many trips, many travels — and many batteries. My travel companion is a vintage laptop/tablet, purchased back in 2003 when Bill Gates still ran Microsoft and Windows XP was still relatively new. But now it’s time to replace it.
My Acer TravelMate had a few repairs and updates over the years: a new Wi-Fi card, a couple of keyboards, more RAM to support new versions of Windows, and finally the addition of Windows 7 and a solid-state drive.
But upgrades and patches can go only so far — especially when it’s easer to find parts for a classic VW than it is for your laptop. With that in mind, two considerations have me looking longingly at the Best Buy ads for new Windows 8 devices: battery life (never good on the Acer) and the ability to upgrade to the next Windows.
I have, however, a dilemma. I don’t want to replace my ancient tablet PC with a larger laptop or a smaller and cheaper Netbook. I’d like something that’s, well, a bit more sexy and can easily convert from traditional laptop to tablet, so I can take quick notes on the screen should the need arise.
I have Android tablets. But when I need a keyboard, an added Bluetooth-connected, wireless keyboard is not up to the task. Banging out an e-mail is fine, but working on a spreadsheet? Not so good. Bottom line: I want a Windows tablet, but which one?