Windows 8 may just change the face of music making as we know it. And it’s not so much Windows 8 (which is certainly a game changer, just watch the video), it’s the fact that we’ll see quite a few Windows 7 tablets that are forward compatible to Windows 8, hit the market in the latter half of this year. Which no doubt, coincidentally happens to be just ahead of the gift giving season, which happens to fall right before the release of Windows 8 in 2012.
Recently, I’ve been dabbling in a bit of tablet research. There’s slim pickins at best, let alone the ones that were discontinued, presumably in anticipation of a Windows 8 model. But the advantages of a tablet running a full OS are obvious: there’s the ability to run full programs, monitor and peripheral connectivity and best of all, the touch screen.
I had figured, if I could find a tablet of comparable or better specs that my current laptop, for studio use, I’d pair it with a monitor and wireless keyboard / mouse and a hub to drive my APC40 and other controllers. And then for live use, I’d rely on the tablet’s screen and controllers. Of course, that’s an experiment that didn’t come to fruition as I didn’t find anything that met my fancy.
Unsurprisingly, the elephant in the room is Apple and their iPad. But in contrast, a tablet running Windows doesn’t require you to purchase specialized iOS software and devices, rather you can take what you already own and transfer it to a mobile device with the same flexibility of a laptop or desktop. I see this being of great interest to anyone that performs live or in a mobile situation.
I certainly think we’re on the verge of a whole new paradigm for Windows based music creation and performance. If you’ve been considering an upgrade or a new music PC, keep an eye on the market as there’s going to be quite a few surprises coming up soon!