The Windows 8 tablet is being launched by Microsoft in October 2012. The Consumer Preview of Windows 8 tablet has already released for consumers to have a look at.
Windows 8 tablets will run on traditional x86-based AMD, Intel machines and ARM based hardware which is used in the iPad or Android tablets. A lot of interesting kits will be available right after the Windows 8 tablet will be released. According to reports the Windows 8 tablets will release simultaneously with the Windows 8 PCs.
Microsoft has partnered with Nvidia to test the Windows 8. The Windows 8 tablet will have an interface similar to the Metro- which is the windows phone, though the Windows desktop on ARM will have familiar applications like Office, Windows explorer, Internet explorer etc.
Here is a brief about the interface and touch quality of the Windows 8 tablet:
The Metro interface of Windows 8 tablet has many keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures but works best on a touch screen as they are developed keeping essentially that in mind. It is highly responsive to finger touch and just as smooth. The gestures on the edges are also fast and reliable. Swiping the screen from up to bottom or down from the top are also highly responsive.
It is also possible to keep one app running while working on another one. A simple swipe will open an app full screen and then snapping it back slightly will keep it to the left of the screen. The dividing line on the Windows 8 tablet can be moved side to side to alternate between which window needs to be snapped smaller.
Precision isn’t important to work this. A flick of the thumb will give the same result without a mistake. Obviously the app in the smaller window will not have an apps bar for controls or settings. It will only be available for limited reference
Swiping from left side to the right side gives a list of running apps. This will not be found by simply fiddling with the phone but once found it makes tasks easy to perform. As long as the movement of the fingers happens over the edges to both sides it doesn’t matter if it is fast or slow.
The Windows 8 tablet will have something called a ‘cross swipe’ which means an opposite movement from the side that was being used to scroll. So to select an app, there is no need to press and hold. It is also possible to smoothly select multiple apps. The only problem that might surface would be to move a tile to a specific place because when one is moved the rest of the tiles move around too.
The Windows 8 tablet therefore, it will first have to be moved to the top or bottom of the screen before putting it where required. The Windows 8 tablet has specifications about how it decides between a tap, select or moving it around. If the finger moves less than 10 pixels it is a tap, if it moves between 10-20 pixels it is decoded as a select and anything more than that is taken as further movement.