The one BIG advantage Windows 8 Tablets will have over all Apple iPads

The one BIG advantage Windows 8 Tablets will have over all Apple iPads

I ordered the new iPad on the launch date a week ago and can’t wait to get it in the mail. It has a lot of cool cutting edge technology and will undoubtedly be the standard for all serious tablets going forward.

I talked about that here.

It is however my job to look at all sides of this equation and see if there’s some angle we (the press) have all missed. I think I found one.

Before I go right in and discuss this, let’s back up a little.

Tablets are becoming somewhat ubiquitous these days and the adoption of these devices is pretty much off the charts. People use Tablets for work, for fun and for everything in-between.

As someone who owns a Windows 8 Tablet and an iPad, I can tell you that I use my tablet(s) almost every day. They are personalized with my bookmarks, profiles, preferences and apps.

Some could say that if I gave you my Ipad for 1 hour, you could form a very distinct and (pseudo) accurate profile impression of me, who I am and what I like or not.

Give me your tablet and I’ll tell you who you are.

Just like with our smart phones, the more time we spend with our Tablets, the more we create our digital identities on these devices. Once you bookmark a bunch of links, store a lot of emails, buy a lot of Kindle books, leave a lot of cached pages and buy a lot of apps, you have created a very detailed and sensitive profile of yourself.

You quickly realize that lending someone your iPad for 10 minutes is a (potential) MASSIVE invasion of your privacy.

Unless you go to a lot of trouble to try and secure your apps on your iPad – your iPad is a totally OPEN device once someone is past your password. Once you let them in, they can read your email, see your apps, look at your photos, look at your bookmarks, see what music you like etc.

If you stop to think about it, that’s not really cool.

Microsoft has an opening.

With Windows 8, I should be able to create a guest profile on my Tablet. This guest profile should only have access to the apps and features that I (the admin) allow.

Once I am happy with that guest profile, I can hand you my Windows 8 Tablet and you can log in and use it to your hearts content and we BOTH have our privacy.

Here’s the next and more important part:

Microsoft need to HIGHLIGHT this difference and HAMMER IT HOME.

Privacy will become more of an issue with Tablets going forward and to me, this would be a great differentiator between both companies…

This is one area where buying a Windows 8 Tablet will make way more sense than an iPad. At least until Apple make the change with IOS and enable multiple user profiles on the same iPad.

What do you all think?

If you own a tablet or mobile device, are you concerned about your privacy?

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  • Mvanert

    There is one more thing a Windows tablet has over the iPad, handwriting recognition just works in Windows 8 and I don’t mean just ‘printing’. I can use cursive writing on my Acer W500 and it ‘gets it’. Whether in Word, notepad, IE10 or any other place I need to type, it works. The only time I’ve had any problems is with words not in the dictionary but as soon as the words are put in, no problem.

    • Onuora Amobi

      Good point…

  • Jereese

    Other point, you can’t cut and paste with iPad, you can in Windows 8.  There is no search engine to find that one note on iPad, there is search engine in Windows.  You will have Explorer to view your files and keep them in common folder.  Try this on iPad.

    • Onuora Amobi

      You can cut and paste on the iPad. You can search on iPad as well…

  • Martin Cohen

    The big disadvantage of the iPad and other tablets for me is that they require a lot of motion of the arm and hand for pointing. I foresee many RSI injuries being caused by excessive use of tablets. I have an external keyboard, and it makes entering text in my iPad bearable, but if someone came out with a Bluetooth trackball for the iPad, I would buy it immediately.

  • FRB

    I ordered a new iPad in spite of that but you are absolutely RIGHT ON.

  • Cang

    I say thats pretty neat. How you can put a guest profile on the Win8 tablet. Appl does need to do that on their tablets but then it takes up too much space and maybe time. I say if you can trust the person enough to lend them a $400 item, then you shouldn’t have a need for profiles.

  • Peter

    Stupid point.
    I do not share my wallet, credit-card or earlier my paper agenda.
    And if I see those items from a colleague or friend, I do not touch it.
    Because those items are Private!!!
    It is only that people have to learn again do not touch it if it is not yours.
    (smart)Phones, tablet PC or a laptop is a personal item.

    • Onuora Amobi

      Your friends must LOVE you.

    • ABC

      You are talking as in your underpants as in they are private but I this case I don’t think that’s the point.

  • David Punie

    I never thought about it that way but now i must see, i agree.
    we’ll be using W8 tablets next year at our school as a pilot project and i’m currious about the outcome, i’ll keep you posted!

  • Pwbunce

    Has your computer got ‘ms’ cure it with apple!

  • Indra Nawawi Daeng Parani

    Dear Onuora,

    Computer technology has introduce a better way to use information system by the use of iPads started by Apple that had dominated the market and a great migrations from PCs. The Apple as the pioneer was then followed by others to dive into the market, which later Microsoft introduce the Tablets.

    Since the technology is expanding there are disadvantages that need more care on the product, then competitions took place time after time to make much better product and reasonable for the ultimate users. Now the time has come for the companies to be ready for the great battle to fulfill what was demanded in the wide market. A single wrong move would be crusial to speed the decline in sales volume, and for the best quality build machines then shall be prosper.
    Apple product has shown the success by implementing the basic foundation by introducing the iPads, and even all my family members are using it for efficiency and effective needs.
    I don’t know much about Apple product including the inner part of the software because I dont have it. I was long time left away from work where most of the work done by machines, but I still follow the technology news, until then I was sent this Dell Inspiron 8600 machines which is suitable with Windows product and give me much additional knowledge on computer technology.
    Windows program is said to be “open,” means it shows exitements, fragility, teaches us to know the meaning of first aid, care, and self repair which most should be done by specialist, it’s open to individuals who operate the machine, make them happy when puzzles are solved. Most said it would be better if Microsoft return to DOS age, it teaches us to handle computer better and give a future way to become a programer or an expert.

    I was so glad when the new Windows Developer Preview introduce the complete Choose The Operating System Menu where everything is provided there, with the Windows Developer Preview presence on my Dell Inspiron 8600 machine it automaticly repair the system without disturbing other Windows Program. Yes it isn’t easy for the first time use, we’ll get use to it anyway.

    Thank you.

    • darkpr0fit


  • Timeparadox420

    For what I “think” apple ipad is all in one pack as in tablet and IOS manufactured by one company only where as we talk about win8 it offers to maximum tablets and pc if you compare ipad as in how slim it is , its resolution , and other hardware features that is just not it.,wind8 can also offer same as IOS ..I might be wrong but this is what I think.

  • Dan

    Hi Onoura, are glad
    reception of views expressed by you. I admit, didn’t possess an iPad,
    no I’m not interested in them. But I have a tablet pc, which is a
    product from the “China”!!!
    I’l have a year of days, and I’m very
    happy with it. Running MS Windows 7 Ultimate, it has an Intel Atom
    255, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, 10.1″
    capacitive touch screen display, etc. ,
    what I want to point out is the fact that i
    can we deal with it in the same way as a desktop pc, any Windows
    compatible programs, supports any USB
    peripherals, (with the keyboard and mouse
    up to any type of printer…).

    was running programs: Autodesk AutoCAD, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, Corel
    Draw, (not to mention the Microsoft Office
    … ) can run any films or pictures flash – there is a lot of drivers
    and codecs. So, can somebody to say that he
    can do same things with an iPad or any other tablet PC with Android?
    I think not.

    don’t forget that the tablet pc – with OS Windows – there is a good
    piece of time, about 6 to 8 years if I am not mistaken, before you
    pass them through your head that the thought of the Apple,
    somehow, to be brief this opinion, iPad and
    any version of Android Tablet PC are just a joke well wrapped in
    marketing, and obviously, fashion. As an indication, I use a
    smartphone (with windows os – course) as from the year 2004 (a
    Motorola MPx 220), so I know what I’m
    talking about.

    best regards, only good, Dan. (escuse
    my bad english…)

  • Stefan Radu

    Well I feel compelled to add a few words as well.I am probably one of the few web desginers out there that are commited 100% to the windows platform. When i was in school for another 1 year course, related to PHP and other programing languages, i have encountered a masive blow to my skills. The entire school was on MAC. I loved the screen but after 20 years using microsoft, Since MS Dos versions and later with windows for workgroups in early 90’s i could never adapt and work at the same pace in web design and programing with a Mac, simply due to the keyboard shorcuts. Now i have the Windows 8Consumer Preview…I Will be the first person in the store when this operating system is going live for sale. I simply love it, I love the full screen changed start menu. I also appreciate now that after a long wait, system stability has become a fact since xp proffesional…Thumbs up from me and my web design small agency(we all have desktop pc’s using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.) The only thing i did not like is the added extra security in certain system files. 

  • Mespelbrunn

    Once someone gets a user’s password they can log on as that user. And once that happens they can access anything that user can. An extra administrative layer doesn’t change that. Just as it doesn’t for any desktop PC in the business environment. You’re not talking about improved security, you’re talking about an administrator being able to create multiple log in accounts. Microsoft has already started the ARM tablets — the ones that will compete with the iPad — aren’t for management business environments. So this argument doesn’t amount to anything substantive.

  • Chapin516

    The big disadvantage is that by forcing the Metro interface on desktops will totally alienate most loyal users.  They will reject Metro on mobile devices in defiance.