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This is the first in a series of articles discussing what Microsoft need to have in Windows 8 Tablet OS in order to compete with the Apple Ipad.

They’ll be as short and sweet as they need to be.

First of all, everyone has heard of the Ipad.  As an Ipad 2 owner, it’s very clear that there are a bunch of Apple features that Microsoft need to emulate in Windows 8 for the tablet versions to be successful.

The first one we will talk about is:

Startup Time

This one say it all. From a cold start to full functionality takes my Ipad 21 seconds.

The video below shows that it can be done in faster


This is a no brainer. Any Microsoft attempt to release anything that starts above 45 seconds will be considered an Epic fail. The idea here is to match or beat Apple – period.

A Windows 8 tablet also needs to be off or on. You dont feel any noticeable lag with an Ipad 2 once it’s come on. It’s just on. We don’t need to see the Windows 8 tablet running services and starting up slowly like a senior citizen getting out of bed. It just needs to work.

The next feature is:

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Battery Life

This one is simple too.

The battery needs to last and last. The nutty thing about Ipads is they seem to run forever. I charge my Ipad once every 2 days and it seems to be just fine after heavy daily use.

Granted the batteries for these things are huge but Microsoft need to make sure that Windows 8 for tablets is the most efficient OS that they have come up with.

There can be no issue with battery life otherwise the tablet is dead in the water.

As a former HTC Evo owner, I can tell you that it doesnt matter how cool or fast your device is if you need to charge it everywhere you go.

If people need to carry chargers for these Windows 8 Tablets, we will officially call time of death for Windows 8 for tablets here on this website.

If Apple can build a big battery, no reason why Microsoft can’t do the same…

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About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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