Note that Microsoft calls it a PC, even though it’s really a tablet. That’s an intentional move, because Microsoft’s approach with Windows 8 is that tablets and PCs are one and the same: same interface, same apps, same touch-screen capabilities. With Windows 8, the thinking goes, the only difference between a PC and a tablet is that one’s hooked up to a keyboard and mouse.
If you’re an IT admin who’s weary about having to manage and secure tablets separately from your Windows desktops, this is the kind of strategy you just might like.
Of course, this is Microsoft we’re talking about, so we’ll have to wait and see if everything is as seamless as they say it is. And we’ll probably have to wait a very long time; the Windows 8 build on the Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC is a pre-beta version, and Microsoft hasn’t even set a timetable for general availability yet.
While you wait, check out the hardware specs for the Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC:
- Second-generation Intel Core i5 processor
- Samsung Super PLS display (1366 by 768 resolution)
- 11.6″ diagonal touch screen
- UEFI BIOS
- Memory: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage: 64 GB SSD
- USB, Micro SD and HDMI ports
- Dock with USB, HDMI and Ethernet ports