by Joseph T. Sinclair
With the Windows 8 operating system Microsoft married the phone to the desktop and everything in between; that is, it provided a common interface across all digital computing devices. But Win 8 hasn’t been very popular with laptop and desktop users. Win 10 carries on the idea of a cross-device interface but with significant improvements to satisfy both laptop and desktop users alike. It is becoming popular, and many have found it to be a significant leap forward over Win 7. In addition, Win 8 was popular with phone and tablet users, and Win 10 continues that popularity.
Microsoft’s Surface tablet (a hardware device with the Win 10 operating system) is advertised to be both a tablet and a laptop. You can use a high-quality detachable keyboard with the Surface tablet. And that makes a lot of sense. Why have two devices when one can serve two purposes?
But there’s another way to look at the Win 10 phenomena. What about a laptop that can be used as a tablet? In fact, all PC laptops sold now are loaded with Win 10, as one would expect. What is surprising is that many laptops sold now have a screen that folds back on the keyboard half so as to be used as a tablet. A visit to Best Buy in my home town revealed that all the laptops there for sale had this feature. This is a feature of laptops that was rarely available just three months ago.
The big question is, what implications does this milestone in the evolution of devices have for books? The answer is that everyone who buys a laptop (with this fold-back feature) now has a tablet. It’s not the thinnest and lightest tablet, but it’s a tablet nonetheless. And it’s much more convenient to read on a tablet than on a laptop. Moreover, the trend is to thinner and lighter laptops making them more tablet-like. In fact, the MacBook Air laptop as well as several PC laptops are quite thin, thus proving the concept.
A new full-fledged Win 10 laptop that is close to a tablet in size and weight (and is relatively thin) is the Lenova Flex 3 11.5″ at a jaw-dropping price of under $300. And of course it has a screen that folds back to make the device useful as a tablet.
It seems like this new development will be another notable step forward in the migration from reading printed books to reading on digital devices thus accelerating us into the future of publishing.
The author of this article, Joseph T. Sinclair, is the author of twenty How To books published by national publishers.
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