The HTC Shift was a brilliant idea crippled by a misguided implementation.
It was HTC’s first and only Windows laptop which also featured a dual boot environment running Windows Mobile with an HTC overlay but which was not allowed to run Windows Mobile applications.
The device, which ran Windows Vista by default, would have done a lot better if in fact it was designed to run Windows Mobile as the main OS, with Windows Vista as the fallback OS.
Now with the convergence of Microsoft’s smartphone and desktop OS in Windows 8 D J Willis has given the 800 Mhz device another lease of life by installing the new OS. The process is much more complicated than simply plugging in the Windows 8 thumb drive, but is fully detailed on Willis’s blog here.
Willis reports the device works better than its far below minimum specs would suggest, and I think it makes a very good model for what we should be looking for in future Windows 8 devices.