Daily Archives: October 23, 2012

The last week of October was supposed to be a pleasant time of the year. Mild days and nights, autumnal glory amongst the trees and Halloween to close out the month. The perfect opportunity for Microsoft to launch not only a new Operating System, but a completely new product – the Surface RT – as well. All this just in time for the holiday shopping season. Then Apple had to get in on the act by announcing – supposedly – the iPad mini and heaven knows what else today, October 23rd. If that wasn’t  bad enough, Google is rumoured to be stealing the spotlight from Microsoft on October 29th.

TheNextWeb.com claims that Google will announce a 10″ Nexus tablet – among other things – on Monday. Google is supposedly working with Samsung to create this addition to the Nexus family. The Nexus 7 was/is manufactured by Asus so Dr. Data is a little unsure as to why Google would switch suppliers. The Nexus 10 is supposed to have a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution which means that it may very well have a higher pixels per inch density than iPad’s Retina display.

The Nexus 10 is not the only thing that Google is supposed to announce next Monday. A 32 GB version of the Nexus 7 is in the offing as well as a second 32 GB model that will offer High Speed Packet Access and 3G connectivity. The Nexus 7 is suddenly becoming very mobile.

Since Microsoft’s Surface tablets will only come in a 10″ model and will only accommodate Wi-Fi connectivity, Microsoft is looking to be an also-ran before the first tablet is delivered to the customer. If Microsoft is indeed serious about joining the fray that is the tablet market today, the boys from Redmond will need to have additional entries waiting in the wings.

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Fasten your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy week.

As part of the countdown for Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablet, here are some more articles courtesy of ZDNet submitted for your consideration:

  • Five Baffling Things About The Surface RT – Target market, licensing and  pricing are among the things that David Gewirtz finds quite puzzling about the Surface RT. Is he right? Read the full article on ZDNet.
  • Is Windows 8 the new XT? – Ed Bott seems to think so. The howls of righteous indignation over the new user interface have all been heard before . . . about the venerable Windows XT’s interface. To prove his point, Ed takes us down memory lane to the way we were a decade ago. If you substitute Windows 8 for Windows XT, then it’s deja vu all over again. Read the full story on ZDNet.
  • An OS For All Devices – Ken Hess believes that Oct. 26th will be a milestone in the history of computing. Microsoft is releasing an OS that will run on Desktops, Laptops, Netbooks, Tablets and other mobile devices. This is one trick that Apple doesn’t know. Read all about it on ZDNet.
  • Windows 8 vs Windows RT –  Mary Branscome opines that consumers are still uncertain of the differences between Windows 8 & Windows RT. Which OS will do what and where? Read what she has to say on ZDNet.

That’s it for this morning. Have a good one!

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