One can run a full blown Linux and not have to endure any of these intrusions. Windows 7 also doesn't force the cloud and doesn't force logging in to MS' servers just to use one's own PC. This is a business decision by Microsoft, which is shared by most of Silicon Valley that views the consumer's private data and behavior as belonging to them.
It is not surprising the Europeans, South Americans and the Rest Of World are abandoning products by American technology companies and finding alternatives.
The most offensive part of W8.1 is how Microsoft does everything they can to force the user to use their surrender their personal data to Microsoft's servers- even if one doesn't want their cloud, how they force the live tiles and how they surreptitiously capture the user's search data by forcing a local search to also be a Bing search. It takes a lot of time and effort for the PC buyer to reconfigure Windows' in an attempt to slow Microsoft's spying on one's use.
This isn't about technology, it's about the disdain Microsoft has for the consumer and how they see consumer private data as low hanging fruit to make an extra buck.
The IOT and connected devices market is on the path for long term growth. Over time it will become its own market sub-segment. A business group focused on this space is very good leverage of Intel's energy and resources. Good move by BK.
Already is a hot item. if one intends to give these as gifts for the holidays they had better buy while they're available.
This would be the logical action but Microsoft continues to defy rational thinking when it comes to product strategy. Look at the schizophrenia that continues in W8.1. It's like MS believes their product direction is handed down from the heavens and once received they're totally indifferent to rational thought.
It is not an encouraging situation at MS.
Thanks for the info. Went to Dell's site to purchase as 10" BT tablet and there's not one to buy. Looks like more waiting.
Dell needs to give consumers the option to buy a competitively priced Bay Trail 10.1" tablet in addition to their new 8" model. Very few people will be interested in last year's Atom when Asus sells a very competitive Bay Trail 2-1 starting at $349.
Rather than sell two different versions of the 8" tablet, including one with an older non-competitive processor, it would make more sense to have one 8" Bay Trail tablet and one 10.1" Bay Trail tablet.
Public cloud computing has always been a security and privacy nightmare. Businesses and consumers are revisiting their enthusiasm for yet another over hyped technology.
Asus' product are generally good quality. Their new Bay Trail based T100 2-1 W8.1 convertible starting at $349 with keyboard and MS Office should be a great seller. This is expected to ship the same time W8.1 is released later this month. Buyers can pre-order now on Amazon.
The Windows advantage is huge and even if Bay Trail led all the benchmarks it wouldn't matter much because very few buyers actually look at benchmarks. They'll first look at the tablets that runs the applications they need, they'll check the display, the weight, the keyboard and overall responsiveness. Then they'll buy.
The only thing better than a Windows 2-1 tablet is a multi-boot Windows & Android/Ubuntu Touch/*Nix tablet.
Delivering higher quality 32 bit color vs only 24 bit color cost some performance on the number of frames per second.
The list is useful, but what's really useful are links to product descriptions and reviews that help viewers decide which one's to buy.
These are all awesome new products. The 2-1's offer amazing versatility. Virtually all the Bay Trail versions include MS Office Home & Student. It is difficult to imagine why one would spend money on good quality hardware today and be limited to Android.
There are multiple versions of Bay Trail, this doesn't show which one is used. For battery operated devices performance benchmarks without power consumption is meaningless.
Here's a simple benchmark:
Runs Windows: (Yes is good, No is a showstopper)
Bay Trail, Tegra4, Snapdragon 800
Yes - No - No
Anyone using the desktop doesn't need tiles. They just get in the way. It is not too much to ask to give users the option of the real desktop and a Start Menu with app shortcuts, which is far more efficient.
Report says only 8.7% of tablet buyers want to use the tablet as a replacement for their laptops. Same IDC survey showed 58.5% of respondents bought a tablet to use in addition to a laptop. This echoes what many on this board has been saying, "Tablets are mostly incremental to laptops and desktops".
That's for sure. The specs on the Haswell-based XPS-15 laptop is awesome, especially with the 3200x1800 pixel resolution touch screen display. It's definitely on my holiday shopping list. The Bay Trail tablets look great too.
Intel's open-source hardware compatible board is a geat way to get Quark into the hands of innovators and developers. This has great potential for the emerging Internet-Of-Things market.
A year ago some analysts said the same thing about Intel not getting into tablets. Intel is being very methodical, tablets first then smartphones.