Windows 8; Must have or Must pass?

Redmond is hard at work to make the latest iteration of it’s world changing operating system, Windows 8, spectacular.  However, IS it great and will it be well received by this ever-changing market?

Many techies (myself included) are thinking that Windows 8 will be what Windows Vista was to the world, sub-par.  The changes that Microsoft are releasing are so drastic and so new that it seems very unlikely that this operating system will garner a lot of support up front.  Now, Windows 8 software along with new hardware released that has the new operating system installed from the manufacturer could potentially be a big hit; yet, the signs say otherwise. Why?

  • This iteration may not have a Start button (removed in the latest build)
  • Will Windows 8 be good for business?  Although businesses aren’t the only ones who use the operating system; they are the only buyers who want it in bulk and provide for major profits if provided with a stable release because they will continue to buy from Microsoft.
  • Metro on the desktop?  It is not meant for desktop users; stay on mobile devices.

Although the interface of Windows will be changed to Metro UI on top of the traditional desktop that we are used to; there will always be a need for a desktop machine.  There are simply too many instances where a smartphone or a tablet just aren’t enough.

Bottom line:  I am not counting Windows 8 completely out.  In fact, I want to see this version of the OS succeed more than ever.  However, until I am swayed to make the switch, I will continue to run Windows 7.  Microsoft cannot forget what made it popular; the desktop.  Windows does not need to become limited; especially in regards to how the latest Macs are.