Whether one likes it or not, Android has been the game changer in the mobile phone market. The mobile phone arena had good players, like Apple’s iPhone, Nokia and its hordes of low to mid-level phones, BlackBerry and its white collared army, and many more, but overall the scenario seemed stagnant. Android came in with its initial disappointments, but was quick enough to pass the hurdle with its openness and of course some good support from manufacturers. Similarly, Windows mobile operating system faced initial disappointments, but has been showing improvements over the time. Windows 8 could be the next game changer for the tech terrain, something we believe… so far to make a solid comeback with ‘one for all’ theme. The PC software maker is likely to have learnt tricks of the trade and put in forces at working at this one platform with variations. Read on to know, why we feel Windows 8 will have a huge impact on the tech industry.
Touch UI suited for tablets
The biggest impact that the Windows 8 platform can have is its seamless experience over three important communicating platforms – PC/notebooks, tablets and smartphones. Windows 8 is capable of running on the traditional x86 architecture of PC and notebooks, blooming tablets and smartphones. This is something new and a welcome attribute. Now, we know that this isn't a newly crafted thought, as we have seen Apple maintain the seamless interface experience across its leading products, like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and Google has been striving hard to unify its varying web services by a common interface (and has successfully pushed it down our throat) and also adds the default Holo theme to Android. The familiarity of the interface, while working on official tasks on your PC/laptop, surfing the web on a tablet or app searches on the smartphone has been maintained, adding to the convenience. Microsoft plans on maintaining a similar consistency on three major platforms, and not just two. I am sure we aren’t just relying on our tablets and smartphones, the PC/notebook era still exists.
Microsoft has chosen the tiled Metro UI and has decided to implement it on Windows 8 in a big way. On the tablet front, it’s a great addition – a smooth scrolling pane of tiles does wonders, allowing users to quickly run apps with a touch of a finger. The scenario is different on the desktop. While Microsoft wants to bring the same experience to desktop users, things aren’t that simple. With a minute fraction of users with touchscreen enabled desktops, browsing and running apps on the Metro UI is cumbersome. Touchscreens on desktops are painful to use – they require you to extend your arm out everytime from your keyboard, which isn’t the most ergonomic way of using your PC. It’s fun and cool, but not practical in the long run. The Metro UI on the desktop also houses traditional Windows software, so there’s a distinct lack of consistency. In the decades of Windows’ existence, the Metro UI does feel out of place, at least to the most dedicated Windows user. This could possibly bring Windows 8 some flak over forcing the UI, which could seem just unnecessary to many or with improvements generate a market for touchscreen notebook and PC screens. Thankfully, users can quickly toggle between the Metro UI and the very familiar Windows desktop or deactivate it.
It is believed that Windows 8 PC can boot up in 8 seconds. This boot-up speed comes across as one of the key highlights of the operating system. It wouldn't take too long for the corporate segment to try cashing in on this functionality, as eight seconds is a phenomenal speed. Moreover, Windows 8 decides on a few more fast track attributes, such as the Internet Explorer 10 that promises faster browsing. What’s even more cool is the snap multi-tasking ability that enables one to view or work on two applications by placing them side by side, while also enabling resizing or switching between these applications. These features if performed to the tee, the operating system could emerge as being very powerful. Moreover, system requirements haven't increased, too. Microsoft claims Windows 8 will run perfectly fine on Windows 7 compatible hardware, and companies don't have to upgrade all their hardware.
Windows 8 App Store
The Windows 8 app store couldn’t necessarily bring in Metro apps. Yes, the apps market could blossom, and as predicted by the leading research firms, Gartner and IDC, and as most of us believe now, apps are here to stay for the longest possible time. But, Microsoft could also use the store to put in place their valuable software downloads. These days, we see app developers craft apps, which would soon be available through stores, µTorrent, and so on. This App store may give it a better control over its software, just like Apple takes complete charge over the apps and software available for its products. It may bring all its essential software under one roof.
It's for all..
Windows 8 is for all
Microsoft wants to ensure that this platform reaches all. Its metro-styled apps for desktop, laptop and touch phones would be made accessible to everyone with further improvements in its assistive technologies, like enhanced Narrator for visually impaired, updated UI automation, and support for more languages. It plans to work with developers at achieving accessibility goals in Windows 8, like improved assistive technologies, which are components of Windows and offer experience with the Metro Style UI. This makes the UI friendly to all, which would extend it to those with disabilities to harness the benefits of technological advancements in the mobile terrain.
Whether the impact is positive or negative, Windows 8 makes for one of the highly anticipated products of the year 2012. An array of Windows phones, coming in this year and the considerable popularity of the Lumia 800, along with Nokia bouncing back slowly, yet steadily, if we may say so, all we can say there is too much to happen in this space. Add in your thoughts on why Windows 8 could have an impact on the tech industry.
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