In the world of tablet PCs, dominated by operating systems - from Google's Android to Apple's iOS to Research in Motion's BlackBerry OS - Microsoft is set to prove its mettle with a new one, the Windows 8, starting October 26.
We spent some time with it on a Samsung tablet, testing Microsoft's claims of the operating system's intuitive ability, especially with regard to the touch generation. The first few minutes with the Windows 8 were exasperating, and even confusing. But, after several days of using the OS on the tablet, and testing it in two ways - solely as a touchscreen tablet and then like a PC with wireless keyboard and a mouse - it didn't seem so intimidating.
Similarly, we also put Apple's latest iOS 6 and Google's latest Jelly Bean up for comparison, and used them with and without a keyboard and a mouse. Here are some of our observations, and why we believe it's not fair to write off the Windows 8 before users have had a go-see themselves:
Image: A Chinese man tries out the new Surface tablet computer made by Microsoft at a show in Shanghai
Text: Business Standard