My good buddy Michael Mott inspired me last week at MMS 2012 to jump back into the Windows 8 camp. Michael and I both own the Acer Iconia Tab W500. It’s a Windows 7 tablet combo that is part tablet, part laptop. It’s a great device and includes all the laptop amenities like USB ports, keyboard, mouse, HDMI, etc., etc., but you can also use it as a straight tablet. The tablet docks with a keyboard base through a USB connection anytime you need a full-size keyboard.
As a gadget lover, I was also enthralled by the Samsung tablet that a lot of Microsoft folks were carrying around at MMS 2012. My first glimpse of the unit was during a meeting with Brad Anderson on Monday and the tablet was simply gorgeous. I thought I might try to pick one up until I saw the price. Amazon.com has it listed at over $1,300. My little W500 was only $500. Simply put, unless Microsoft can locate a vendor willing to put out a tablet that is price conscious, Windows 8 isn’t going to do very well. Try to find an Android tablet over $1,000. Price is key.
Anyway, I’ll be moving the W500 back to Windows 8 today using a method found in the MSDN forums:
I’ll let you know how it goes.