8 advantages Windows 8 tablets have over iPad and Android tablets

Eight advantages Windows 8 tablets have over iPad and Android tablets

PCR Windows tablets use a full PC operating system which brings some significant capabilities to the tablet and gives Windows tablets some major advantages over the competition.


Here are 8 of them:



Multiple users

Tablets are portable, and the perfect form to pass around so others can use them too. But, they are also very personal devices and sharing them properly requires a way to keep others out of your stuff.

Windows has long supported multiple user accounts on a single PC and this can be leveraged on Windows 8 tablets. Just set up each user with their own account and all files and settings belonging to each will be protected. It’s like each user having their own tablet, all within one device.


Multiple monitors

Want to take your tablet to the next level usability wise? Then connect it to external moniters. This may not be something you have ever considered, but our Windows 8 tablets are essentially full desktop systems in a tablet form. They can easily drive a full desktop configuration and can be used as a core module in a setup with monitors, keyboard, mouse, and any other peripherals needed.

Some PC users are used to having multiple monitors at their desktop, and Windows 8 handles that easily. Configuring the monitors is a simple process that works just as well with tablets as it does other system forms.


Use any peripherals

PCR Windows tablets come with a keyboard included, but you might want to consider using other third party peripherals to make your tablet use even easier. For example, you might want to connect a mouse or touch pad to help you navigate the tablet better when using it for work or study. You could also connect it to an external harddrive for handling lots of large files on the go. Not everyone will need such storage capacity on their tablet but audio and video professionals might find that pretty handy.


Snap view

Microsoft built the ability to run and display two apps side-by-side, a feature called snap view. This is a very useful way to work with two programs together. Snap view in Windows 8 is nice enough and improvements in the upcoming Windows 8.1 make it even better.

Some Samsung Galaxy Android tablets have this capability (called multiview) but it is more limited than the Windows 8 snap view. Any two apps can be snapped together in Windows 8, even the legacy desktop, while Samsung’s method only works with certain apps.


Full-blown file manager

The Windows File Manager has long been a fixture on desktops because it is as good a file handler as that on any platform. The ability to perform any file function is a powerful feature on a tablet.

There are third party file managers for the iPad and Android tablets, but few of those are as powerful as the Windows manager. Windows 8 includes it in the box so tablet owners have it at their beck and call


File encryption

Security is important, especially for mobile devices that can be lost or stolen. A good way to keep data private no matter what is to encrypt everything so it can’t be viewed without a security key.

Enter Bitlocker, an encryption method that comes with Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise edition. You can easily encrypt entire drives with Bitlocker to make sure only you can access the data. This can render a lost or stolen tablet useless for the finder/thief while protecting your private data.


Pen support

Tablets are the perfect form for supporting handwritten input, and Windows 8 is easily the best platform for such support. Pen input has been available in Windows for over a decade, and Windows 8 leverages it fully.

Certain apps like OneNote and Windows Journal work particularly well with the pen but it’s not limited to those. The onscreen keyboard used in Windows 8 for touch entry can be switched to handwritten entry on tablets with a pen. The automatic text recognition can understand even poor handwriting for entry as text. Check out our recommended pen tool here.


Run any browser

Every browser out there will run on Windows so tablet users aren’t restricted to one or two as on other platforms. All of the popular browsers (e.g. Firefox, Chrome) can be used on a Windows tablet so everyone’s preference will work. Internet Explorer is pretty good in Windows 8 but it’s nice to have options.



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