By Brandon Miniman | August 13, 2012 10:46 AM
Over the years, Pocketnow has evolved several times to fit your needs. We began as a Windows Mobile resource and then evolved to cover all smartphone platforms. This year, we began covering tablets of the Android and iOS variety with the launch of Pocketnow 5.0. Now, with the upcoming release of Windows 8 and a subsequent wave of new and interesting devices, you might be wondering whether we’ll be covering them, since Windows, historically, has been mainly a laptop and desktop operating system. With Windows 8, Microsoft has created somewhat of a hybrid operating system: it has a new touch-friendly interface at the core of its experience, but it also provides the legacy Windows desktop experience that is renown for its productivity tools. What’s more, Microsoft has created a specific version of Windows, called Windows RT, that is designed to run on devices powered by ARM processors (Tegra 3 and Snapdragon, for example). This RT version of the operating system does not have the traditional Windows desktop environment; instead, it runs Metro-style apps that will be distributed in the Windows 8 app store.
So the answer is: yes, we will be covering Windows 8 devices, but only those without an attached physical keyboard. That means we’ll be reviewing, testing, and writing about the most interesting Windows 8 tablets and slates, and will be comparing them against various Android tablets and the iPad (perhaps the iPad Mini?). If it has an attached keyboard, it’s too close to being a full-fledged laptop or netbook to be considered within our realm of coverage where there is a core focus on mobility.
Coming this fall, you can plan to expect great Windows 8 tablet coverage from Pocketnow.