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Keeps getting better
Windows 8 wasn't that great on tablets when first introduced, but that's a thing of the past. Microsoft has quickly added features and modified others to make the tablet user experience pretty darn good.
See related: Most significant mobile tech of 2013: Windows 8.1
The Windows 8.1 update really makes using tablets a good experience. It adds lots of useful features that makes using Windows by touch a great thing.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting ready to roll out, and while most new features are aimed at mouse and keyboard users, they should also work well on touch tablets. That will especially be a benefit for those using a Windows tablet as a laptop, as highlighted in the next slide.
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Many tablets are available in hybrid form, a slate (screen) that plugs into a dock that turns it into a laptop. These are tablets when you want one and laptops when you need one, as Microsoft is fond of telling us.
While tablets on other platforms can be used with external keyboards, few are as laptop-like as Windows hybrids. Some hybrids are difficult to tell that the screen isn't fixed like a standard laptop, the docks are so good.
Windows is great at instantly sensing when the screen is docked and undocked, so the systems always work with the hardware at hand. They are solid, albeit small, laptops, and often surprisingly good tablets. Road warriors can really benefit from a portable computer with this dual personality.
Then there's Office...
A lot has been said about the need for Microsoft Office on tablets, and while there are decent alternatives to Office on the other tablet platforms, there's no solution as complete as the genuine article.
Windows is the only platform that can run Office locally, and that means Windows tablets stand alone in this regard. Many OEMs offer Microsoft Office included in the purchase price which rounds out the value proposition.
You might be able to get by with one of the alternate office suites available for the iPad or Android tablets, but with a Windows tablet there's no question you can handle everything thrown your way.