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10 advantages Windows 8 tablets have over the competition
The iPad is still king in the tablet space when it comes to market share and Android is trying to grab more share all the time. Microsoft designed Windows 8 to run on tablets in an attempt to bring the OS into the hot tablet segment.
Android tablets and the iPad are solid tablets, but Windows 8 has distinct advantages over both of the other platforms. Windows 8 is a full PC OS and that brings some important capabilities to the tablet.
The 10 features in this collection that give Windows 8 an advantage over the competition are by no means the only ones. They are significant enough to break them out from the rest.
Note: some of these advantages exist on Windows RT tablets but not all of them. This article was written for tablets with Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 Pro is used on numerous tablets currently available.
Tablets are the perfect form to pass around so others can share them. They are also very personal devices and sharing them properly requires a way to keep others out of your stuff.
Windows has long supported multiple user accounts on a single PC and this can be leveraged on Windows 8 tablets. Just set up each user with her own account and all files and settings belonging to each will be protected. It's like each user having his own tablet, all within one device.
It may sound silly to hook external monitors up to a tablet but the more powerful Windows 8 models are essentially full desktop systems in a slate form. They can easily drive a full desktop configuration and can be used as a core module in a setup with monitors, keyboard, mouse, and any other peripherals needed.
Some users have gotten used to having multiple monitors at the desktop, and Windows 8 handles that with aplomb. Configuring the monitors is a simple process that works just as well with tablets as it does other system forms.
The prospect of wireless docking can fully leverage the use of multiple monitors with Windows 8 tablets.