We all should feel fine actually, because the launch of Windows 8 is just around the corner this year. “But Herr Leader,” you ask, “Windows 7 was just released? Why is Microsoft trying to hurt our brains?” It’s easy Skippy, they’re not. Windows 8 isn’t going to be replacing Windows 7 as a desktop/laptop OS. It will however be replacing them on Tablets and making Windows Phone 7.5 look even better. This article over at CNN reminded me that I needed to talk about it with y’all. 🙂
For those of you who haven’t seen, there is a beta for Windows 8 available to test, and all reports come across well. I’ve yet to pull this and set it up myself (as my tablet is an ARM tablet and I can’t get it on there yet), but as an Xbox user and Windows Phone adopter, I’m already quite used to it. Knowing Microsoft, they’re not looking to replace Windows 7 yet either, because they’ve been driving so hard to get it adopted by businesses…as well it should be, it’s probably the best OS they’ve come up with in a very long time.
Rather than force an OS to conform to two distinct platforms (touch units and traditional units are NOT the same thing), and having a crappy experience on one or the other, they’ve sidestepped that nightmare. This sidestep allows MS to put out for both platforms as it perfects both. This, in my opinion, will then lead to Windows 9…a hybridization of both Windows 7 & 8…but that’s several years off. Here’s a link to a great article at Forrester about Windows 8 and adoption. It’s nice to know my thoughts are on the level with the guys who get paid to think about these kinds of things. 🙂
If you get a chance, grab a copy of the beta and test it out. I think that most folks will enjoy it…and it’s good to see Microsoft taking a leap forward instead of playing “Three Stooges” with the rest of the companies in the IT Space.
Have a great weekend!