2012 : the year of the Tablet & PC merge

I was mentioning in some previous posts that the PC industry was colliding with the mobile industry. For every accident one expects a big boom. It will be the case with the launch of Windows 8 next year.

Windows 8 transforms the way we see tablets and computers. There will be no clear frontier between a PC and a tablet anymore. The tablet will be able to change its finger friendly UI into a mouse friendly UI when docked with a mouse and keyboard.

On this video I shot you can see the Metro UI and a switch to the PC legacy UI.

In the past we used to think a machine = a UI = a processor. This paradigm is no longer valid.

OS/UI/processor

Now an OS will be able to run on different chipset architectures (ARM or x86) and to run different UIs depending on the context.

OS/UI/Processor

It is already the case with UBUNTU 11.10 which runs on X86 and ARM.

Toshiba AC100 running Ubuntu 11.10

I really love my Toshiba AC100 running Ubuntu. OK it’s really sluggish due to the lack of RAM (only 500MB) so it’s more or less a mono task computer but never the less it works. For more information on Ubuntu on ARM > Ubuntu Wiki

One can expect next year a revival of the long lasting war between MAC and PC. I expect Apple to merge its MacOS and iOS for Tablet UIs into something new that will combine the 2 product categories. Apple will most probably manage it smoothly to avoid damaging its healthy iPad business as it did in the past managing the transition from iPod to iPhone.

OS UI Processor future

Microsoft which has no presence in the tablet space will be far more aggressive in merging the 2 segments. The unknown factor remains Google. Will Google be able to strengthen its Android value proposition and combine it with Chrome OS?

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