Well Microsoft certainly was feeling very gracious today, after Steve Sinofsky gave us a good look at Windows 8 for the first time he also showed just how easy it will be for developers. A Microsoft developer created an app there and then on the stage just to demonstrate how easy it is to do it much to the delight of the 5000 developers in attendance.
The Samsung tablet runs on a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel i5 chip and has an 11.6-inch screen and weighs just under 2 pounds. It’s actually quite a nice piece of kit and will be perfect for testing out and developing new apps for Windows 8. Microsoft have also added NFC (Near Field Communications) technology to it as well as several gyroscopes and accelerometers.
Then as if that wasn’t good enough, AT&T are also throwing in one year of free data access of up to 2GB a month. The tablet also comes with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB storage drive.
The tablet was used several times throughout the demonstration of Windows 8 and seemed to be a good solid, quick device. Microsoft also briefly showed us Windows 8 running on an ARM based tablet but didn’t talk too much about it nor show us much which would lead us to thinking there’s still a bit of work to be done there.
There was a whole rake of Windows 8 tablets and PC’s on show at the conference today including a new breed of ultrabooks which were incredibly thin laptops with high performance and nearly instant boots.
One thing is for sure, Microsoft are onto a winner here with Windows 8, it’s definitely a brilliant tablet interface and is finally a credible competitor to the iPad, we just have to see how soon it gets to the market.