Yes, I am telling you that Microsoft will not only compete with Apple, but also hold its own in the tablet industry. So many others have fallen to the iPad, but I believe this Samsung device will have glory.
I do own a Macbook, I have an iPod and I am not ashamed or overly proud of my brand selection. I simply have a Mac because I am a graphic designer and Apple is the side my industry has chosen. I like both sides for different reasons and functions, so for me this isn’t about choosing sides, but recognizing each brands’ strength and encouraging possibilities.
Back to my main point, I think Microsoft will succeed in this new development because people like to cheer on the underdog (don’t argue with me, in terms of the tablet industry they are) and innovators are drooling to get their hands on anything new- not new and improved, but news as in I’ve-been-waiting-for-this-to-come-out-so-I-can-try-it-out-before-anyone-else-and-be-super-techy-like-I-am-or-was-in-college.
Apple is flying high right now and I believe a strong, large company like Microsoft stands a chance to compete. Windows 8 has the ability to function across multiple media creating a flow and customer relationship with the product; similar to the empire Google has created.
I have to be honest. I won’t buy it. Well I can’t right now anyways, it’s only in the beta stage. I agree with Mashable though- I think it’s more of a nod to the future and where Microsoft it headed. Windows 8 is grounded with great ideas that consumers will be demanding in the future. I guess you could say I am more in the category of the early adopters; I wait for the price to go down, for a little tweaking here and there until I commit to certain products. But that is all just around the corner for Windows 8, and I can’t wait. Who knows, maybe I’ll come around and finally join the hoards of tablet owners.