Windows 8 positioned to compete in tablet market
Since introducing the world to Windows 8 last year, Microsoft® has said it intends to leverage the OS to carve out a greater piece of the tablet market. GigaOM's report highlights several key features that could make that goal a reality.
For one, Microsoft's new offering is expected to support a touch-friendly keyboard. That's important, as touchscreens and multi-touch functions have fueled the tablet's popularity.
Also, GigaOM says, Windows 8 should support "smarter connectivity options." These functions will allow a user to control every aspect of the data used by a device. For example, a user can limit the number of updates that are performed when connected through a wireless network, preventing a device from eating up monthly data allotments.
The widespread release of Windows 8 appears imminent, as Microsoft recently offered up downloads of a consumer preview of the operating system. Users can get a taste of the platform through the company's website.