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Microsoft decided to take on the mobile space with a frontal assault, and that's what it's done with Windows 8.1. As an OS that works on any type of PC, the company had to make sure that mobile was properly addressed as it is a hot segment.
The problem with having a flexible OS is it tends to make mobile operation less than ideal. Devices designed to be mobile benefit from a platform that is especially designed for that.
Kudos to the folks in Redmond for doing that with Windows 8.1, and for refining it as time passes to make it even better for both mobile and desktop environments.
There are certain areas that Windows 8.1 surpasses the function of the mobile competition, specifically the iPad and Android. Macbooks are a reasonable alternative to Windows mobile devices, but the nod goes to Microsoft over iOS and Android with the six advantages presented in this collection.
Although virtually all mobile devices have nice touch screens, there are still a huge army of the followers of the mouse. There is no peripheral that yields such precise control over a busy interface like the mouse. You can tap the smallest control on the screen with just about every mouse out there.
Good mouse control in Windows is an advantage over the competition. The iPad doesn’t work with a mouse at all and while Android devices can work with the mouse, the interface is not designed for it. It’s not as elegant an implementation as that in Windows.