Microsoft is really simplifying things this go-around and they are certainly making me proud. Not only is this a very anticipated release of Windows; it is rightfully so. Windows 8 will come in the following versions:
- Windows 8
- Windows 8 Pro
- Windows RT – for tablet devices; will come pre-installed and will not be available for direct purchase
All of the versions will have the metro interface (Windows RT will be limited to just metro) and will be able to run all metro apps. However, Windows 8 and 8 Pro will be limited to the desktop users that require use of the traditional desktop and metro to complete one powerful experience.
Not only does Windows 8 offer a lot of promise for the consumer; it almost offers more for enterprise. This is a REAL tablet that corporations have been waiting for — not some toy like Apple’s iPad. This will put a solution in corporate America’s hand that will allow it to run legitimate software on a mobile device, not just some fancy app with a work-around.
We all remember the Yahoo! of yesteryear; the convenient search tool that integrated email, news, and more into the service. In fact, Yahoo! was my primary choice for years; until I met Google. So, what exactly has caused that downward spiral that Yahoo has been engulfed in throughout the past few years? For starters Yahoo’s search engine market share has been falling for six straight months and as of February 2012 they are at 13.8 percent while Google is at 66.4 percent and Bing at 26.2 percent.
If we rewind time to the early 2000s you will remember that Yahoo! was at the forefront of search engines. Fast forward to today where they are looking to layoff 2000 employees. So, what could cause this spiral:
- Failed advertising campaigns
- Poor acquisitions
- CEO troubles
Bottom line: Yahoo! could really turn things around because the search is still powerful and they have many other services that make the ecosystem great. However, trying to sue Facebook will not cut it.
People hate to admit it; however, when you provide such a build up for something great and you get less that what was expected; you’re always let down. Honestly, it seems that Apple has been letting me down lately. First, I am not an Apple fan; however, I am a huge fan of technology and it’s progress. Yet, it seems like Apple loves to release a product that is seemingly the same as the previous generation, add a few new features, and sell it at full price.
Notable features that are in the new iPad are it’s beautiful retina display, 4G (something that many believed Apple would never adopt), and improved quad-core graphics processing (not the actual device CPU). It is certainly safe to say that the next iPhone will have 4G capabilities as well. While some might scoff at the fact that this product looks exactly the same as the previous model the iPad is still at the forefront of the tablet market until someone decides they’ve had enough.
Contenders for the crown:
- Asus Transformer Prime
- Acer Iconia Tab
- Samsung Galaxy Tab
- Upcoming Windows 8 tablets (will bring power and a small form factor to your hands)
Bottom line: We might have been disappointed at the fact that the product looked the same; however they did improve the specs. Let us see how the rest of the market reacts.
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.