Here is a compact yet deep technical Windows 8 hardware.
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Avoid the confusion that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are the same. Microsoft wants you to think so for marketing reasons.
|Apple iPad3||Microsoft Surface||HP ElitePad 900|
|Battery Wh (Watts per hour)||42.5||31.5||42|
|Screen size (inches)||9.7||10.6||-|
|Pixels per inch (ppi)||264||148||-|
Surface is the first time Microsoft has manufactured Windows hardware. Unlike before, Surface is not made by OEMs like ASUS, Acer, Dell, HP, Toshiba, etc.>
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt expects Microsoft to move 3 million Surface units in 2012 and 9 million in 2013.
Microsoft Surface is a family of tablet hardware made by Microsoft. At initial launch, there are two editions:
When comparing its $499 price versus competitors, keep in mind the built-in kickstand and extra memory. so you don't need to buy a cover.
2GB of memory in Surface RT is a significant advantage over its competition, especially for heavy multi-tasking, Business Analytics, and gaming.
Windows 8 tablet apps require screens of at least 1024 x 768 pixels. In other words, the app won't launch on smart phones.
Plan for different form factors since Phone 7 devices are 800x480 (WVGA) in landscape mode, and 480x800 in portrait mode.
BLAH: No 30fps when playing movies.
USB 2.0 support by Surface is a critical feature for most people - one noticably missing on other tablets.
BLAH: No USB 3.0?
Micro SD is helpful for exchanging data with smart phones (after opening its case).
BLAH: Toshiba Excite 10.1 is still the only slate with a full size SD card used on cameras and full-sized laptops.
All Windows RT devices comes with Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
TechCrunch reports that iFixt rated the Surface Pro a 1 out of 10 for its repairability.
HP's ElitePad 900 uses the Intel Atom chip.
Nov. 28 HP hosts a free Expert Day on its HP Consumer Support Forums to answer questions related to Windows 8 compatibility with HP laptops, PCs and printers.
HP SmartFriend Windows 8 Quick Start package is a 45-minute tutorial for basic training for HP customers on Windows 8, plus one-on-one training with a live premium support technician.
YOUTUBE: Windows 8 Devices on The Verge. Hey color! What happens when several clueless tools talk.
Apps running on WinRT and Windows 8 tablets can be obtained using the Store app on Windows 8.
Outside of Windows 8, a list of these apps are at Windows Store web-page at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/apps.
Windows 8 phones apps
are built using XAML technologies (Silverlight and WPF) also used to create
Windows 7 phones and legacy .NET sites.
BLAH: Currently there is no cross-platform coding capability for Windows 8.
BLAH: Unlike Apple and Google, Microsoft has said it will not accept into its Windows App Store "hybrid" apps whose only job is take the user into a browser as soon as it opens. This is so it gets into the Windows App Store.
WinRT does not include the Pivot and Panorama controls available in Silverlight for Windows Phone.
WinRT is not cross platform - it is one of the platforms supported in Windows 8.
Direct 3Dv11 is the graphics API now. So existing Direct 3D code only need to be verified to run on Direct 3Dv11. But existing code using GDI at the presentation layer would need to be extracted and ported to Direct 2D/XAML.
WinRT use only 32-bit CPUs, so are limited to 4GB memory.
But 64-bit editions of Windows 8/RT can have different amounts of memory.
|Windows 8 RT||(32-bit)|
|Windows 8||16 GB|
|Windows 8 Pro||192 GB|
|Windows 8 Enterprise||192 GB|
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