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iPad with iOS 5 gets showdown with Windows 8 preview tablet

updated 10:05 am EDT, Fri September 16, 2011

iPad and Windows 8 get early comparison

Windows 8 was given one of its earliest tests against the iPad it was designed to beat in a comparison video (below) showing differences between the two. The even-keeled look shies away from making many pronouncements on superiority and instead focuses more on differences in design philosophy. Windows 8's live tiles are more dynamic and customizable than those on the iPad, WinRumors noted, but the iOS home screen's grid of icons was also easy to use.

Each also had different approaches to apps' presences in the rest of the OS. Apple's spread is limited and mostly just puts app settings in a central control panel. Microsoft's control panel is limited to core Windows settings, but it potentially more than compensates for this through "charms." The additions let apps provide special access to their content or tools from other apps, such as running a search through an app from the browser.

While a significant exploration, the showdown also underscores Apple's major advantage of a real, shipping product. Windows 8 in its Developer Preview is still missing core features like calendars, e-mail, and the Windows Store. As a pre-public beta, the OS is still roughly a year away from release and can't be tested on more power-efficient ARM tablets or the 2012 Intel hardware Microsoft is counting on.

The iPad was first shown in January 2010 and is believed to be the entire reason for Windows 8's tile-driven Metro interface. Although Microsoft had kicked off the tablet category in 2002, its insistence on a traditional Windows desktop interface and large computers kept it a niche until Apple arrived. The iPad outsold every Windows tablet PC ever made in just nine months and will have been on shelves for over two years.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I really wish ...

    ... that blogs would stop referring to this rather tame, lame video as some kind of "showdown" or "contest" or "fight" between the two OS's. It isn't. It's a rather dull feature by feature comparison that doesn't have anything to do with testing one OS against another or how fast or capable one is against the other or any of that rot.

  1. Hash

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    There is no contest.
    Windows 8 aint even shipping yet. It exists only in wet dreams of Ballmer.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's like little mini versions of your applications. They don't show everything, but they show you only the data you need to quickly see at a glance. One flick and they're out of the way and you can get to work. Oh wait. I was talking about Dashboard released in MacOS X six years ago.

  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    likes it

    W8 looks pretty good. iOS5 interface looks like it could do with a makeover already. Not bashing Apple and not an MS fan, just waiting for the next big thing.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    More like a basic feature comparison. We will see when Windows 8 is a fully finalized product and is released into the wild. As it stands Windows 8 has one feature that will guarantee at least one sale (to me)...pen input (or with a finger if you prefer) with true HANDWRITING RECOGNITION. I have used this feature on Windows 7 for 1.5 years now to allow for English and Japanese input. I still don't understand why Jobs chose no to pursue this feature. I would own an iPad right now if it supported true pen input and handwriting recognition. The iPad really would be the digital equivalent of a notepad for my classes and Japanese study.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's so easy to compare a pre-alpha OS running on a Core i5 to a mature OS running on ARM.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ms basically copied things from the ipad and webos, made the navigation a bit different and then added some live tiles.
    they really really went all out didn't they. such innovation. such creativity.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same BS

    It's the same BS demo/showdown/vs/killer/better/awesome/no contest c*** from previous years. Yes the writers creaming over this junk will look stupid again when it fails. I guess their used to looking and sounding stupid every year. lol

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