Software for the future, hardware for the past →

David Chartier:

Microsoft touts its upcoming OS as a jack of both trades: you can touch and swipe through books, news, and videos while carrying your tablet around the house or the park, then sit down at your desk and plug the tablet into a USB keyboard, external disk, or perhaps a dock or hub so you can really start cooking through some Excel or other demanding work.

[But] how thick and heavy must a Windows 8 tablet be to empower the touch computing of the future and yet shoulder the burden of the past 30 years of traditional computing? Where do we draw the tablet usability line when it comes to design, weight, and the very portability that defines the category?