Windows 8 tablet vs. Apple iPad running iOS 5: feature by feature (with video)

“Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview was made available to download yesterday, giving everyone a chance to experience the company’s most revolutionary change in user interface since Windows 95,” Vlad Savov reports for The Verge.

“While the Consumer Preview software remains at the beta stage, its central concepts have now been fleshed out, so we thought this would be a fitting time to compare them against Apple’s iPad, the incumbent leader in the tablet space [in which] Microsoft is seeking to become a player,” Savov reports. “iOS 5 and Windows 8 share a few similarities, but the user experience is fundamentally different and informed by different interaction metaphors.”

Savov reports, “You can see those detailed in the video below, and if you care to learn more about what else has changed under the Windows hood with version 8, feel free to peruse our comprehensive preview of the Consumer Preview.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Familiarity breeds contempt – and, it seems, bias. We’ll wait to compare the shipping Windows 8 on shipping hardware versus what it will attempt to compete against: iOS 6 on the next-gen iPad.


    1. The guy is a hack trying to make that tablet look acceptable. Watch the part about the copying the image. He states that they are similar. Yet, only the iPad could copy the image. This happened over and over in the video. Look at the sinking with his account. He states that he doesn’t know who’s stuff that is. Do you want your kids and family openly shared with strangers.

      Again, this is a hack video to promote that not ready for release Windows 8 OS for tablets and I assume their smart phones.

    2. Apples implementation is both intuitive and straight forward – and by far the simplest for which all other OS will always need to compare with – it is the Standard.
      The truth is seeing a child at the age of 1 navigating and actively using an iPad. It is the computer for the rest of us.

      As for the mobile power user – lets wait for OSXML 10.8.6 on the AirSlate by 2013 the only company to build a iPad Killer will be Apple themselves.

  1. Hmmm. It seems MS has achieved some minimal success. I do like the functionality of viewing and using email and another app simultaneously. However, the indistinct blocks in primary colors is dog butt ugly.

    1. Why? Multi-tasking is SOOOO over-rated. You can’t work on more than one app at a time anyway. This “using two apps simultaneously” is a myth: people can only put their attention on one activity at a time. You cannot read an email and a web page at the same time, you have to switch back and forth even if both are presented to you simultaneously.

      1. There are benefits to having documents/pages from more than one program visible at once.

        On a desktop or laptop.

        On a tablet (*especially* smaller-screen ones, or smartphones), it really makes no sense. The tech demo of a Playbook running several videos at the same time while the task switcher was active was a nice piece of fluff designed to impress those who don’t think beyond “ooh, techy” (as opposed to the “ooh, shiny” Apple users are accused of of doing). NO ONE is does that regularly on desk/laptops, or at best it’s an insignificant percentage in niche cases. So why should tablet users care that it *can* do that, they’ll never actually use that “feature”.

      2. If you all remember the reason that Steve Jobs and Apple chose not use multi-tasking, it sucks the life out of the battery. That is why Apple is using Push and not multi-tasking in their iOS devices.

        Did you notice the video never talked about battery life!

    2. Agreed nice idea – to have mail and your browser side-byside — but is it really needed.

      iPad; for a lack of better words, “is the lowest denominator for optimal performance – yet simplicity while remaining the most secure and safest for privacy.” — The iPad is a computer regarded by the DNA of Apple it’s – a device for the rest of us – it simply works and wonderfully it performs.

  2. Why is the Window’s machine plugged in? Also the thing looks huge and thick. I’m guessing it probably heavy as well.

    Getting used to? Didn’t look to intuitive to me.

  3. Can you smell the fear?

    I read through a few hundred comments on the Consumer Beta last night – upshot: 2/3 (of diehard Windows users) said, “Not intuitive, will fail with the desktop crowd.”

    It’s clear MSFT has to move forward (or away from desktop) to remain relevant, but untethering themselves from their legacy cash flow will be painful at best.

    1. Give MS some credit, at least–at long last they’re at least *trying* to break away from their aged desktop Windows interface, and trying things that aren’t a direct rip-off of Apple.

  4. This interface is geek’s paradise. The guy is actually wrong; Win 8 does NOT use many different gestures (compared to the iPad); it essentially mostly uses just one single gesture — swipe (swipe from top, from bottom, from side). None of these swipes are logical or intuitive (what would lead a person to try and swipe by beginning that swipe from outside the screen???).

    It may do well, depending mostly on hardware price. If someone like Amazon decides to subsidise it (via advertising, bundled sales or whatever), it might gain some traction. Hopefully, such traction would further cannibalise Android and dilute the non-iPad part of the tablet market.

    1. Agreed. He’s gushing over Win 8’s swipes (really not even a gesture), but basically it’s just one swipe in a different direction to call up the same things that Apple separates into different swipes or gestures.

      I think you’re correct in that it will just fight with Android tablets for the few who, for whatever reason, don’t want an iPad. The real story will be who will develop apps for it, and will Win 8 every get a good mix of apps.

      1. YES – swipe up – swipe down – wow. Gestures galore? That’s not going to feel well – it’s chaos.

        I do commend Microsoft, (though it still sucks) for not adopting the Android OS. Microsoft has taylor developed without skinning what Google stole – and fashioned a different approach all on their own.

        Ha – and they don’t get it – like Rim and Samsung and Google – blinded. They think a tablet needs to be this complicated hardware and function like the desktops.

  5. Gotta hand it to Microsoft. They didn’t copy the iPad.

    Having said that, who would want that over complicated interface?

    Does that tablet have retractable wheels for toting around? Big battery, big screen, Core 2 Duo chip, 35 minute battery life, what more do you want?

  6. Windows 8 tablet is the pig with lipstick. They’ve tried to sell Windows on a tablet before and it didn’t work out, and here they are at it again. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Einstein

  7. Looks like you would have a lot of things happening by accident just clicking – seems like that would make it too easy to quit your app by accident as using only 1 finger… just grab your tablet and your app quits

  8. What’s the point? Microsoft missed music, players, search, smartphones, apps, retail, and pretty much everything else for the last fifteen years. They’re so far behind, me-too efforts to catch up never make a dime, nor will it with a tablet OS.

    1. Not to defend MS, but smartphones and tablets were not things Microsoft “missed”–they had products out in both categories (operating systems, anyway) that were comparable to competitors at the time, but were no match when Apple came onto the scene to school every incumbent player on how things things should be done.

  9. There are some fantastic additions from the Windows team. The requirement to have three modes for an app: Wide-screen, side-bar, and 16:10 (like iPad)

    Some very slick elements like the Charm bar and stuff.

    I’m a fan of the 16:9 display for tablets.

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