Given that I just rebranded this blog as “Windows Reimagined” it seems particularly apropos to talk about a recent post from ZDNet’s Mary J. Foley.
Mary points out that without next-generation hardware designed to take advantage of the features and benefits of Windows 8, much of what Microsoft has “reimagined” loses its relevance.
I think that Windows 8 tablets are a foregone conclusion. They’ll appear eventually–probably in sync with the launch of Windows 8 itself. I don’t have tremendous confidence that they will be competitively priced or be able to go head to head with the existing tablets in the market, but I’m sure they’ll at least exist.
What I am more curious about are notebooks or ultrabooks that are “reimagined” to take advantage of Windows 8. I’d like to see some ultrabooks that also have a touchscreen display so you can take advantage of both the Metro and desktop interfaces of Windows 8.
On the desktop side, there are touchscreen monitors available (I know, I have one), but they’re impractical to use. For desktops what we need is new and improved office furniture that makes it more feasible to actually use a touchscreen display.
What do you think? Would you be more excited about Windows 8, or more willing to move to Windows 8 if there was unique hardware designed to leverage its unique features and capabilities as well?