Tomorrow Windows 8 releases, and the response from clients may indicate the future for Microsoft. Windows 8 is the first platform from Microsoft designed to run on both PCs and tablet computers, which is perhaps the largest change Microsoft has made to their operating system since the 1990s. This time around, Microsoft has also made a touchscreen control top priority, but it can be used by a keyboard and mouse for desktop and laptop users who don’t have a touch screen.
In the testing stage, there have been mixed reviews. Some users like the start screen, which consists of tiles instead of icons, and other are absolutely frustrated by it, saying it’s a confusing interface.
The most important impact Microsoft needs to make is to consumers who are now using smartphones and tablets. These users want a type sleek, elegant interface that Windows 8 is certainly trying to deliver, but it’s ultimately up to the consumers to cast judgement.
With PC sales expected to decline this year, and projections indicating that companies and governments won’t be switching to Windows 8 for at least another year, it’s really the tablet and smartphone category that will most effect the early perception of the operating system amongst consumers.
What do you think? Will you be making the switch to Windows 8 as soon as you can?