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Why Windows 8?

July 17, 2013


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This seems to be the most common first question and, there isn’t an easy answer to that.

Android was ruled out fairly early on and while I’m not sure of the exact reasons why, I think it had a lot to do with being too much of an unknown beast. That left iOS or Win8.

Obviously, there’s a lot of appeal to iOS and iPads. They are lovely in many ways. Our main blocks/issues are:

  • Lack of ability to control them via a network,
  • Incompatibility with flash based websites,
  • Difficulties with accessing legacy files in Office suite.

We have no doubt that there are issues and problems with Windows 8 too but we feel that we will be better placed to deal with those as they arise.

In all honesty, there is an element of wanting to take a bit of lead on something. How many schools do you know of heading down the Windows 8 route?


From → Win8ed

  1. What will be the purpose of the tablet? This may determine which one to choose over and above the blocks/issues.

    For example, for control by network (not sure exactly your requirement) but Meraki will likely do this ( and it is free (for all platforms).

    For flash based websites; They may only be around for another couple of years until they utilise HTML5, but in the meantime you can use the Rover app (or even Puffin) to use sites like MyMaths (although I wouldn’t want to on any tablet). Flash and battery life are not a good couple.

    For legacy files; There are plenty of apps that read/write the main office files. For the odd occasion I need to open a Publisher file, I remotely access our network using the ipad/mac.

    If you’re fully replacing laptops/PCs with a tablet, the Win8 may well be the better option though.

  2. Hi Tim and thanks for commenting.
    I had heard that flash would become less of an issue over the coming years but we want something that will work from September.
    Our anecdotal experience from people with iPads is that there are work arounds for legacy files but they simply don’t work very well.

    We are planning on replacing laptops (for teachers) with tablets in the near future so, I think Win8 is the best choice but, obviously, time will tell!

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