Microsoft Windows 8 Fails to Impress
Microsoft has long been the number one operating system for the PC market, traditionally making upgrades every two to four years. In recent years, years however, their position has been challenged by such Internet services as Google and Apple, along with a few others. Its ability to keep up the pace is being challenged by more innovative enterprise. In August, Windows announced its newest upgrade, Windows 8, but the response has not been overly favorable.
Their biggest problem has been in trying to sell their new service to the business market, which is one of the largest segments of their enterprise. In 2009, when businesses were asked if they planned to deploy their operating system, Windows 7, about two thirds answered yes. This year, they have been more cautious, with only half the original business clientele stating they plan to deploy it.
Microsoft believes that part of the problem is that the companies anchored around making personal computers, such as Dell, Sony and Lenovo, no longer have as much customer loyalty, as preferences gravitate toward software applications instead of the device. Part of it has to do with the mobile society and its preferences for handheld devices.
Microsoft feels their new operating system will bridge the gap between the PC operating system and mobile technology. Windows 8 will be their first touch system. The start menu is gone, replaced by giving the users the ability to touch, swipe or gesture to access their favorite pages. The new system still contains Microsoft applications, such as documents and spreadsheets. The greatest difference is, the new system will be compatible with tablets and smart phones.
Windows 8, however, still has a ways to go before it can become completely user friendly. The Windows Store is still limited in its apps. The operating screen only allows one browser. Opening a secondary browser takes the user into desktop. It does not automatically store favorite addresses, unless they are directly entered in to the address book. While tablet users might be very enthusiastic about incorporating the new Windows 8, PC users are still a little hesitant about learning a new operating system.