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    Meanwhile, HP plans to bring webOS not only to tablets and smartphones, but also PCs. “The webOS is an unbelievably attractive piece of technology in that it can interconnect seamlessly a number of various devices,” CEO Leo Apotheker said in response to eWEEK’s question at a March 14 press conference. “It is simply an outstanding Web operating system.”
    Windows 8 Early Build Hints at Apple, webOS Competitor - Desktops and Notebooks - News & Reviews -
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    [QUOTE] Bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, in a series of April postings on Rivera’s Within Windows blog, have described the various features of what they claim is an early build of Windows 8: an Office-style ribbon integrated into Windows Explorer, complete with tools for viewing libraries, manipulating images and managing drive assets; an unlock screen that harkens to the “Metro” design style already present in Windows Phone 7; an “immersive” user interface and a built-in PDF reader they call “Modern Reader.”

    “Modern Reader is the first actual AppX application we’ve uncovered,” they wrote in an April 4 posting. “AppX is a new type of packaged application model in Windows 8, and it very closely resembles Windows Phone 7 application packages.”

    Because of that, the two surmise “that the AppX application type could be common to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 (codenamed ‘Apollo’), providing developers with a way to write applications that target and can transition between a variety of devices, including traditional PCs, tablets, and phones.”

    Although Microsoft is silent on its roadmap for Windows, the company has made it very clear that it intends the next version of the operating system to support SoC (system-on-a-chip) architecture, in particular ARM-based systems from partners such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instruments. In turn, that would give Microsoft increased leverage for porting Windows onto tablets and more mobile form-factors, currently the prime market for ARM offerings.

    The Windows 8 unlock screen detailed on the Within Windows blog hints at such a cross-platform offering: “The display includes the time, day of week, the date (month and day), and icons for power management (for portable machines only) and ease of access. Perhaps more will be added or present on other device types in the future.”

    Assume these features will make their way into the final version of the next Windows, backed by “AppX” as an application model. Assume that Rivera and Thurrott are correct, that they hint at a Windows supportive of a number of form-factors, from small tablets all the way up to desktops. Assume that Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows Phone that closely intermeshes with the mother-ship Windows franchise.

    Take all those together, and you have Microsoft’s vision for the future of Windows. In many ways, it represents an expansion, or an evolution, on a similar vision already put forward by Apple, Google and Hewlett-Packard. [QUOTE]
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    Good for them!
    windows is late to the game but with windows 8, they will likely be able to get apps that are big name apps supported cross-platform. I would love to have AutoCAD, Traktor, ArcGIS, Excel (with all the macros) on webOS but so far it's a suuuuuuper longshot (maybe the best chance is traktor, and that is slim).
    ...This programming stuff is actually addictive but really hard :/
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    I wouldn't say late to the game. MS invented the game. They merely took a timeout. I expect to see them bounce back making most of these mobile OS tablets a fad aside from the ipad.

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