Microsoft getting more involved in Windows 8 Ultrabook designs?

Intel has been the leader in trying to convince both PC makers and consumers to consider their thin-and-light Ultrabook notebook design. Indeed, Intel has just launched a new advertising campaign to make Ultrabook laptops look cool.

Now there's word that another company is making itself known in designing the next generation of Ultrabooks. Digitimes reports via unnamed sources that Microsoft is currently working with PC makers to make sure that future versions of Ultrabooks work well with Microsoft's Windows 8 OS, particularly its Metro themed touch screen user interface.

The story claims that traditional notebooks shake when a user has installed Windows 8 and then uses the touch screen UI. Microsoft is reportedly working with PC makers to come up with Windows 8 Ultrabooks that will have "sliding- and folding-form factors" in addition to the more traditional clamshell design.

We have already seen designs that are different from the normal notebook at CES 2012, including one from Lenovo, the IdeaPad Yoga, that has a flip screen which allows it to be used as both a regular laptop and as a touch screen only tablet.

The story claims that by the end of the year, 30 percent of the notebooks that have a 13 inch screen or larger will have touch screen capabilities, versus just three to five percent that was previously predicted.

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I don't mind so much if they install Metro bloatware, and that it follows the WP7 strategy. In other words, OEM bloatware on the phone are easily removable (unlike Android). Now, desktop app bloatware is not good.

KevinN206 said,
I don't mind so much if they install Metro bloatware, and that it follows the WP7 strategy. In other words, OEM bloatware on the phone are easily removable (unlike Android). Now, desktop app bloatware is not good.

In Android 4 you can disable them. So your argument is invalid.

FoxieFoxie said,
DO NOT ALLOW OEMS TO INSTALL BLOATWARE

I won't mind bloatware on Metro as long as the put it in a section all the way over to the right on the start screen and label it Bloatware. Then make it possible to remove entire sections at a time in the uninstall process.

Konstantine said,

In Android 4 you can disable them. So your argument is invalid.

There was no argument; it was a comparison.

leojei said,
The "Reset" function should work like a blitz~

yeah for Metro apps only. I don't think it applies to regular desktop apps. How badly does that suck.

jimmyfal said,

yeah for Metro apps only. I don't think it applies to regular desktop apps. How badly does that suck.

Resetting a PC in Windows 8 doesn't keep any Desktop Apps, only Metro (re-downloaded through Store). You can reset to an image (which would be the OEM provided "Recovery" image with bloatware) but hopefully they don't disable the regular Resetting option of rolling back to a clean Windows 8 install

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