The new Ubuntu is a touch of class

Last week Canonical Software, the makers of the free Linux-based operating system Ubuntu, welcomed tablets into the family, alongside the phone, PC and TV.

The Ubuntu Touch team say that it “delivers a stylish and ground-breaking new experience on today’s tablets. With secure multi-user accounts and the ability to run two apps side-by-side for true productivity, its taking touch to the enterprise in a whole new way. It has a full PC and thin client built-in. Dock it with a keyboard and mouse for a complete desktop with a wealth of native and web apps available”

In this short video, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, explains what this latest release can bring to tablet users and what if offers industry partners.

It’s fair to say, like all of Ubuntu’s operating systems, that this is beautifully designed and once a few more releases and improvements have been made this could be a fantastic, free alternative.

Here are just a few of the key features of this award winning tablet OS:

  • Multitasking – Take calls in Skype while you work in a document, make notes on the side while you surf the web, tweet while you watch a movie.
  • Safer sharing – Your Ubuntu tablet has multiple secure user accounts, and a guest account. Perfect for families and friends, and ideal for the office, with secure multi-user logins that make using and sharing devices safe.
  • Magic edges – Use all four edges of the screen to navigate between apps, settings and controls. There are no buttons on the Ubuntu tablet, you don’t have to keep returning to the home screen every time you want to switch apps – everything is available at a swipe.
  • Gorgeous gallery – The Gallery app is a stylish native Ubuntu application that lets you organise and share photos.
  • Voice control – The Ubuntu HUD makes complex application workflows simple on touch devices. This brings all the power of the PC to your touch device. And with voice control, it’s as if you had an extra set of hands – a truly personal assistant.
  • Instant share – Sharing is now built-in, with support for all the major networks. So any app can let you share with friends, family and co-workers. One touch is all it takes.
  • Web applications – Web applications sit alongside native apps as equal citizens on Ubuntu – with their own icons and access to system services.

To discover more about Ubuntu Touch visit – http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/tablet

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