Windows Phone on a 10″ touchscreen is surprisingly awesome

Windows Phone on a 10″ touchscreen is surprisingly awesome

If you think back to the days before Windows 8, which is to say before we knew anything about Windows 8, there were calls from the community for Microsoft to build a tablet that used the Windows Phone operating system. At that time it was the best touch software that Microsoft had ever built, and it would have, we argued, been a blast on a tablet.

What we didn’t know at that time was that Microsoft is building Windows 8 to meet that itch, and so we couldn’t understand why the company had put a full hold on any OEM building a Windows Phone powered tablet; it didn’t want to have forked its later offerings. For Microsoft, if its not a phone and it has a touchscreen, it’s a Windows 8 world; even more, we may hit platform singluarity in the near future. But I digress.

Today we have a short clip, via the inimitable Engadget, that shows Windows Phone running on, you guessed it, a 10″ touchscreen. I’ll stop the babbling verbiage and let you watch the clip:

You like? Of course you do. Now, this is so simple an idea that we can’t even call it a hack, but the concept is fun all the same.

Here’s what I would do with this, if I was Microsoft: Use this sort of touchscreen setup to help sell Windows Phone handsets in stores. Set up a few 10″ displays, and consumers would give them a shake just to see what the deal was; doing so would drive eyeballs and engagement to the smartphone line.

And Windows Phone can use any help it can get right now, as we all know.

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