Microsoft released a preview version of Windows 8, last week – the first version of Windows designed to work on ARM mobile processors. This will allow Microsoft to compete against Apple’s popular iPad tablet and Android tablets.
Windows 8 is a transitional OS with two very different interfaces: the evolution of Windows 7’s desktop and ‘Metro’, an interface taken from Microsoft’s Zune and WIndows Phones. Many Windows users have high hopes for Windows 8, because it promises to combine the power of a traditional desktop OS with the multitouch technology of tablets.
While WIndow 8 is still in a pre-release state, developers are already creating music applications for it. Above is a demo of Grant Kot’s Grantophone for Windows 8. Grantophone is designed not to mimic existing instruments, but to be an expressive instrument built around the capabilities of mobile devices. It’s already available for iOS and Windows Phone 7.
There’s been a lot of conflicting information about the capabilities of Windows 8 on ARM tablets, but as developers start digging in, we should get a better picture of how the new platform will work as a mobile music platform.
What do you think of the potential of Windows 8 tablets? Can WIndows 8 tablets compete with the iPad, or is that the wrong question to be asking?