With Windows 8, Microsoft is making a strong push for the tablet market, in a last-minute attempt to catch up with the wild success of the iPad. While its clear that the Redmond based company has a long road ahead of it to even catch up with the first iPad, we may see some dramatic progress on Monday, seeing that Microsoft has announced an event to be held in L.A. about Windows tablets.
As of now, we know very few details about the event, but it’s clear that Microsoft will show off what will likely be near clones of the iPad running Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8.
Of course, no matter how much manufacturers attempt to rip off the iPad, it’s the iCloud and iTunes ecosystems that drive customers to Apple’s platform, and that’s something that Microsoft likely can’t compete with. So far, Windows 8 is looking like no more than a enhanced version of Windows Phone 7 running atop the traditional Windows desktop environment.
Regardless of how good the hardware is that Microsoft shows off, it’ll be the software that really determines if these new Windows tablets can give the iPad a run for its money, or if they’ll end up being forgotten just like the countless Android tablets that have been released over the past couple years.
- Source All Things D