Michael Dell: Windows 8 on tablets looks 'pretty encouraging'

Many were excited when Microsoft finally showed off its Windows 8 tablet interface. The new interface shows how Microsoft is bringing the look and feel of the Windows Phone platform to the tablet environment.

In the earnings call for Dell, Michael Dell said that Windows 8 looks to be “pretty encouraging” and that it is “shaping up to be a competitive environment”. The comments are good news for Microsoft as it will be playing catch-up to the Android and iPad tablets already on the market. The full quote, via splatf.com:

We’re still quite interested in Android. I’ll also tell you that our early work on Windows 8 on the tablet side looks to be pretty encouraging. And so, we think it’s shaping up to be a competitive environment. I don’t think beyond those 2 that there are viable alternatives that make sense. So there’s a lot of other noise out there in the market that I don’t think will amount to much of anything.

Microsoft has previously shown off the Windows 8 tablet interface, but only in a closed environment during a canned presentation.

Little else is known about Windows 8 at this point. Microsoft will be showcasing the upcoming platform at its BUILD conference in September. Neowin will be attending this conference to bring you all the latest news on Windows 8. 

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I personally would not trust the words of someone who said "I'd shut [Apple] down and give the money back to the shareholders" back in 1997.

osx86 said,
I personally would not trust the words of someone who said "I'd shut [Apple] down and give the money back to the shareholders" back in 1997.

Exactly, Michael Dell is a joke. He should shut down Dell and give money back to the shareholders. There's a special spot in HELL waiting for him!

KingCrimson said,

Exactly, Michael Dell is a joke. He should shut down Dell and give money back to the shareholders. There's a special spot in HELL waiting for him!

The fact that you believe in Heaven & Hell and make references to them says it all. You should not be even commenting on Tech. news.

No Dell tablets for me either. I always like to get a high-quality tablet or laptop that's nice and sleek. For me, "sleek" and "Dell" are two words that don't belong in the same sentence. I'll never get why it's so hard for Dell to make something that isn't bulky and ugly.

No way would I be interested in buying a Dell tablet. I own a few laptops from Dell and they're pretty good but I've seen WAY too many issues with their servers and desktops at my clients. Too many times have we unpacked something new just to have it DOA. My faith in Dell is shaky at this point. Hopefully they'll turn it around soon.

Tim Dawg said,
No way would I be interested in buying a Dell tablet. I own a few laptops from Dell and they're pretty good but I've seen WAY too many issues with their servers and desktops at my clients. Too many times have we unpacked something new just to have it DOA. My faith in Dell is shaky at this point. Hopefully they'll turn it around soon.

The same goes for HP servers...

Tim Dawg said,
No way would I be interested in buying a Dell tablet. I own a few laptops from Dell and they're pretty good but I've seen WAY too many issues with their servers and desktops at my clients. Too many times have we unpacked something new just to have it DOA. My faith in Dell is shaky at this point. Hopefully they'll turn it around soon.

I use Dell servers / desktops throughout ... never had a problem! Personally, I think they're great value for money!

Tim Dawg said,
No way would I be interested in buying a Dell tablet. I own a few laptops from Dell and they're pretty good but I've seen WAY too many issues with their servers and desktops at my clients. Too many times have we unpacked something new just to have it DOA. My faith in Dell is shaky at this point. Hopefully they'll turn it around soon.

+1 Our company moved away from Dell completely due to their abysmal reliability. My laptop alone had to be sent back 4 times. They used to be good, but now they just build junk. I would never consider owning another Dell at this point. I'd much prefer Toshiba or Asus, which actually have good build quality and are usually cheaper to boot.

M_Lyons10 said,

+1 Our company moved away from Dell completely due to their abysmal reliability. My laptop alone had to be sent back 4 times. They used to be good, but now they just build junk. I would never consider owning another Dell at this point. I'd much prefer Toshiba or Asus, which actually have good build quality and are usually cheaper to boot.

Oh the horror stories I could tell you about Toshiba

M_Lyons10 said,
I'd much prefer Toshiba or Asus, which actually have good build quality and are usually cheaper to boot.
Careful with Toshiba. Two to two-and-a-half years ago I helped work on a computer, and it literally had none of its drivers posted on Toshiba's website. If that's some sort of extra quality service that they are providing, then I clearly do not understand. Asus seems to be the best in this regard.

I don't think there is much catch-up to be played on the Android side. I've used a few Android tablets, and the performance is absolutely abyssmal. Yuckers. Windows 8 tablets will differentiate themselves by having a complete, competent, and familiar OS underlying the playground interface. That's such a huge bonus that I don't think it can be overlooked.

My 10.1 Tab was very sluggish up until about a week or 2 ago it got a firmware update. Now it is very smooth. It's literally night and day.