Windows 8: Redefining the future of computing?

Computer Weekly talked to Anand Krishnan from Microsoft’s UK developer and platforms group in the run up to the launch of Windows 8 and we published a video on why to develop for Windows 8 earlier in the week.

Before we wrapped things up we took five minutes to ask Krishnan a few questions about the hardware surrounding Windows 8, and what the operating system will mean for the future of computing.

He said: “We think we’re standing on the edge of a revolution, redefinition of what it means when using the word ‘device’. I think it has to date stood for phones and tablets, and we’re walking into a world now where a device is just a computer.”

Krishnan then gave us a quick taster of Windows 8 operating on a tablet, while also giving his opinion on why the upcoming Surface Tab from Microsoft is so expensive.

The price for the Surface was announced last week, at a starting price of £399 for the standard 32GB RT version of Windows 8. Exactly the same starting price as the standard Apple iPad.

“I pre-ordered mine in the first hour,” he said. “I think it’s very good value… but I looked at what I got 32GB expandable, keyboard, Office and Microsoft streaming music service. I think it’s a good price point.” 

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