Appleâ€™s radical notion is that touchscreen personal computers should make severely different tradeoffs than traditional computers â€” and that you canâ€™t design one system that does it all. Windows 8 is trying to have it all, and I donâ€™t think that can be done. You canâ€™t make something conceptually lightweight if itâ€™s carrying 25 years of Windows baggage.
I think you can design a single system that works as a touchscreen personal computer and a traditional computer. It’s just that the design won’t be as crisp, elegant, and lightweight as something that’s dedicated to a touchscreen personal computer, like iOS.
Microsoft has a good chance of getting away with a less elegant solution though: via brut force hardware. If the new chips from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments are any indication Microsoft has a lot of CPU power to work with for its Windows 8 tablets. And that means Microsoft can get sloppy and a little bloated with Windows 8 and still sell millions upon millions.
With Windows 8 it be might be a case where good enough is good enough for hundreds of millions of existing Windows users wanting an iPad-like tablet experience. But I’m guessing a lot of them have already bought an iPad.