The advent of the iPad 3 (or whatever the rumour mill is currently calling it) is seemingly just days away with news of a not so cryptic invite sent to journalists earlier this week displaying a familiar slate toting an apparently higher resolution screen with an important ‘event’ set for March 7th. Once released, a new Apple product always seems to rock the tech world with opposition playing catch up until the next iteration iThing blows them out of the water again the following year. It’s worked for Samsung so far, but other companies like Sony and Nokia are starting to show the long term effects of Apple’s dominance, showing record lows in sales for the last quarter. So have any of the tech big-wigs learnt anything from Apple’s teachings?
Enter, the old enemy…
Microsoft, hot on the heels of their successful Windows Phone platform, are due to release Windows 8, their new OS which is fully optimised for multi touch gestures on both desktops and tablets. Reports of the new operating system detail gestures and features that are truly intuitive and offer ways of interacting with your computer that even Apple haven’t foreseen. Boasting an interface that makes iOS look garish (time to lose the leather trim on iCal Apple *shudder*) Microsoft seems to have taken some real initiative with their new offering, presenting a genuine contender for the OS crown. The only issue is that Microsoft still have to rely on third party manufacturers for hardware, isn’t it about time they considered making their own tablet?
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