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Windows 10 undercuts 'tablet revolution'

As 2015 draws to a close, the staff of TechTarget’s end-user computing sites took to Slack and held an hourlong chat about the year’s biggest trends. Over the next few days, we’ll bring you slightly edited excerpts from those discussions. In today’s post, our editors discuss Windows 10 and the uncertain future for tablets.

Jamison Cush, executive editor: Windows 10 threw cold water all over the so-called tablet revolution. It’s a mouse- and keyboard-friendly OS, closer to Windows 7 than Windows 8. The wholesale rejection of Windows 8, which was developed at a time with the iPad was king, illuminated the fact that people aren’t ready to ditch QWERTY and precision navigation for finger taps and swipes.

Maggie Jones, site editor: But it’s adaptive, too. You can still use it on a tablet. Is that not a good user experience?

Jamison: It’s tablet-friendly, but Windows 8 was tablet-focused. In other words, the tablet experience on Windows 10 stinks. It’s an afterthought.

Maggie: That seems backwards to me. There’s all this talk about Continuum, the feature that lets Windows 10 tell what device you’re using, which is obviously focused on 2-in-1s.

Jamison: It’s so ham-fisted, I turn it off. It’s annoying and sluggish.

Maggie: What’s the point of a 2-in-1 that runs Windows 10, then? Just get a straight-up laptop.

Jamison: Portability, mostly. And some of the various modes are useful. Tent mode works well.

Colin Steele, editorial director: What about the overall trend of tablets becoming more PC-like? We’ve had the Surface for a few years now, but things really stepped up in 2015 with the Surface Book and iPad Pro. Is this just a slow realization that there aren’t a lot of tablet-specific use cases?

Jamison: People misread what made tablets so popular from 2010 and onward. It wasn’t the touch navigation that we liked, but the all-day battery life, the instant-on, the thin design and portable build.

Alyssa Wood, managing editor: It’s a realization that tablet use cases are really most viable in certain verticals like manufacturing but not really in the office.

Maggie: And if you have to add a keyboard and mouse to make a tablet work for you, then how much of a tablet is it?

Bridget Botelho, senior news director: People like the idea of a tablet — the cool factor — but ultimately need a laptop experience to do meaningful work.

Colin: I don’t think people  need  laptops, per se. But they do need a device that replicates most of its functionality. I love traveling with my iPad Air 2 for work, but why do I love it? Because it has Word and a physical keyboard, like a PC.

Adam Hughes, news editor: As someone who has had an iPad for four years now, I learned very quickly that you can’t get any real work done on it. Even with Office as an app, I’m still going for my crappy Dell laptop to work on a story.

Colin: Totally disagree. I do real work (writing and editing) on my iPad all the time.

Bridget: You are using a keyboard, not the touchscreen, to do work. I can’t even do that, though. I brought an iPad to a conference, with a Bluetooth keyboard, and by the end of the day I wanted to throw the damn thing.

Adam: I had a keyboard a few years ago with my iPad, and it was fine for the most part. I mean, it cost over $100, but again, it just felt more inconvenient than using my laptop. I stick to my iPad to watch Netflix and answer emails.

Jamison: The rise of big-screen smartphones have also dented tablet sales. We really don’t need them. A phablet and a laptop is good enough.

Bridget: The iPad in my house is primarily used by my 3-year-old to watch Nick Jr. I have a Fisher-Price safety case on it. Does that say it all about the usefulness of tablets?

Maggie: Once I got a smartphone and my super-thin Dell from IT, I pretty much stopped using my iPad altogether.

Read our prior Slack chats on EMM market consolidation and mobile device hardware.

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iPad was never king. Windows 8 did better in market share than all generations of OS X. There was no rejection of Windows 8. I'm gonna say that there were more Windows 8/RT PCs/tablets than there were iPads in the world. So I think you are wrong. But thanks for playing!
I think anyone who writes stories or blogs for a living through a keyboard is a poor use case for anything but a laptop, just like many creative apps are better suited to the tablets.
I doubt an artist cares to use keyboard navigation to draw something.
I think the proliferation of tablets for non-technical users shows the natural learning curve for simple gesture-based apps will lead to many more different apps for tablets, and the form factors will change for the use case.
I think the major issue is not that Tablets are fading, but its replacement as laptop. No matter how many people compare but laptop are going to have a longer life. Laptops are replacement for desktops but Tablet is not replacement for laptop or a desktop. They both have their usage index and audience. Whereas windows 10 as continuum is considered, its getting there and 2-1 feature works great on it. Windows 10 is designed to provide a seamless and exactly same across device. Productivity is the right work. DO your work on laptop and pic it up on tablet or a mobile while roaming with limited luggage is the right way. 
Win 10 is not bad, but there is nothing I can point to except that is works almost like it should and Win 7 Pro did. I guess for some that is the celebration. I find Win 10 full of annoying bugs. Yet another round of incompatible apps that were working just fine and for a few dollars the promise that they will again. How many apps do you have that you were forced to upgrade 10 times or more? How many utilities? How much time have you wasted tying to locate anew version of a utility that did not make the transition and you need a solution for the problem it solves?

Now someone suggests that Win 10 will stop the trend towards tablets (iPads). Please do not make me laugh. IPads actually work. You do not keep paying over and over for the same capability. It does not waste your time. You can always get help if you need it. Just try that with your arrorgant Redmond.

The trend is set. The new laptop is an iPad, some of us have not accepted that fact and are willing to cling onto anything that will not change their world.

Merry Christmas and remember Microsoft says there will not be a Win 11. That is a good thing if you judge it by 10 so far. This is the start of 12 months of Mercy at least.
The common mistake people make is comparing ios based Ipad to windows 10 based Tabs. In Ipad you have a os that is limited to its functionality of being a mobile os not OSX. It's not blown os like win 10, so  you cannot replace win based laptp with ipad, The full blown adobe suites do not work on Ipads, and more of high end softwares will never work on Ios or IPAD. So stop singing Apple songs. Funny people do not understand the tech behind the stuffs.
Windows 10 threw cold water all over the so-called tablet revolution. It’s a mouse- and keyboard-friendly OS, closer to Windows 7 than Windows 8.
Windows 10 threw cold water all over the so-called tablet revolution. It’s a mouse- and keyboard-friendly OS, closer to Windows 7 than Windows 8.
if you can enumerate keyboarding as a business task that you can charge your project time on your weekly time sheet then the Windows 10 or Blackberry phone justifies your interest in using them, otherwise I find the iPad apps doing a lot of things I actually charge against my time sheet and get paid for. Keyboards are just keyboards, they do not sell the machines, it's the apps that run on the iPad that pay your bills.
iPad apps make Windows, Android and Blackberry apps look and act like crap.
If you are fired and still haven't found a good paying job, consider migrating over from Windows and Blackberry to the iPad / iPhone. It's that simple!