Windows 8 iPad Killers: What’s Out There?

Microsoft Surface ProThe iPad-killing Windows 8 tablet-laptop has arrived. Problem is, most aren’t ready to dispatch the iPad — or the MacBook Air for that matter — yet. So far, reviewers of shape-shifting Windows 8 tablets have not been kind. Otherwise known as “detachables,” the devices can take the form of a standalone tablet or attach to a keyboard base to become a close facsimile of a full-fledged laptop. And one of the key selling points — if not the key selling point — is that you can run all your favorite Windows applications. In other words, this isn’t application-deprived Windows RT. The fly in the ointment is Intel’s underwhelming Atom Z2760 processor, which presents itself as a kind of paradox: it promises to run any legacy Windows application, but it doesn’t really deliver.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).