Sunday, January 13, 2013

Entering the Windows 8 World

We flew from Ft. Lauderdale to Austin for Christmas.  On the SW Airlines concourse at the Ft. Lauderdale airport, near our departure gate, Microsoft had planted a demonstration area for Windows 8, complete with several tall tables with computer devices on them and people there to assist you with them.  If you "toured" Windows 8 on one of the devices, you got a prize.  In addition, you received a $25 dollar coupon on a SW Air "getaway" flight.  I bit.  I worked with Windows 8 on a Windows "Slate," a beautiful object, every bit as attractive as anything Apple might produce.

I was in the market for a new laptop, because my MacBook had been stolen.  The introduction to Windows 8 led to my purchase of an Asus VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop. This is light enough to easily carry in my briefcase.  It doesn't have a disk drive, but Asus sells an outboard unit that I added for use at home, and it works very well.  All of this at not much more than half the price of a new MacBook, and I get to try out Windows 8 and a touch-screen device in the bargain.

According to CNET, Intel is pushing very hard for the adoption of touch-screen technology.

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