Windows 8 Slate Buzz has IdeaPad up First

March 15, 2012, By George Lang

Windows 8 will be the first Windows operating system (OS) to tackle the Apple touchy-feely phenomenon head on. Its finger-tip manipulation has long been a thorn in Microsoft’s side since its inception in the iPad. This will no longer be the case with Windows 8.

“Sources” say Lenovo may be planning an October 2012 ship date for its prospective IdeaPad (nominal similarity to iPad lost to virtually no one) Yoga. The convertible laptop/tablet was introduced in February at the Vegas CES and has a lot of tablet-hungry techie-types excitedly chatting.

That said, Windows 8 is not just for the tablet crowd. While becoming outfitted for competing with the slates, Windows 8 has also been undergoing a vast array of evolutionary alterations for the PC side of things. Its so-called “Metro” interface is being optimized for both the touchscreen and keyboard/mouse input.


The Windows 8 IdeaPad Yoga is a Touchscreen Tablet


Amongst technophiles, few new Microsoft launches have had such pressing anticipation as Windows 8. The smartphone OS will launch simultaneously and will be known as Windows Phone 8 (replacing Windows Phone 7 and 7.5). Many believe this could be Microsoft’s finest hour since the launch of Windows 95.

The IdeaPad Yoga is a convertible notebook which can be operated as a laptop just as easily as it can a tablet. This feature affords the sought after keyboard missing from most tablets for business applications. The early notebooks, circa 2004, were met with a lackluster beginning because tablets had not yet evolved to their current touchscreen abilities. Coupling the benefits now will send the Windows tablet soaring in a whole new direction.


The Windows 8 IdeaPad Yoga is a Laptop


It is rumored the IdeaPad Yoga will be fitted with an Intel processor. The nVidiaARM processor technology will be strategically skirted, at least for the first iteration of the Lenovo slate. Touchy-feely meets Intel power and the Windows 8 OS; this may just be what Microsoft has been looking for to compete for that golden Apple market share!

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