Windows is the operating system for those who want to create, rather than consume content, which is why enterprise tablet users often prefer Windows slates. Typically coupled with an active pen and handwriting recognition, and also found in convertible and slider tablets, what Windows slates lack in flash, they more than make up for in functionality.
The Windows operating system found on slates and convertibles offers essentially the same experience as the OS found on a laptop or desktop, complete with similar icons, files and menu structure. Because Microsoft developed Windows for the mouse and keyboard, and not touch, users will want an active pen or touch-friendly overlay on their Windows tablet.
Wacomm and N-trig are the two big names in pen and inking technology. An active, or digital pen differs from a passive stylus in that active pens are powered and often feature pressure sensitivity, buttons, and Bluetooth capabilities. The pen can take the place of the mouse for navigation and many Windows tablets feature handwriting recognition that converts handwritten notes on the display into text.
Windows slates often require more horsepower than their Android or iOS counterparts, as Windows is a more complex operating system. Users are encouraged to closely examine the specs, including RAM, processor, and storage, to ensure a productive Windows experience.
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