Brown said he's found Windows 8 to be "complex in the background. But I was delighted they did keep it fairly simple for users."
Because Microsoft has a tradition of loading up features in its software products, Brown confessed, "that scares me a little" with Windows 8. "I want it to succeed, but there's always too much in a Microsoft product, like Word, which has things I'll never use. With a tablet, I might only want it to do five things."
So far, it appears that Microsoft has "done OK" with the OS, Brown said. "Is it perfect? No. But I'm impressed with its capabilities."
In coming years, Brown predicted Windows 8 tablets will "have good tablet [growth] pickup over Android tablets," though not over the iPad. "You can't ignore Microsoft. They've got a lot invested in Windows 8 and a lot at stake."
Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about mobile apps in Computerworld's Mobile Apps Topic Center.