Windows 8 is finally here and despite a lot of scepticism there is definitely a chance that it will be very well received and Microsoft’s ‘big gamble’ will have paid off. In this blog I’ll be taking a look at a handful of reasons why I think Windows 8 will be a success…
It Appeals to a younger demographic
With a more fluid, hands on operating system Microsoft will be able to compete with Apple for the younger multimedia-hungry audience of tomorrow. Younger users are more likely to be embracive of the new operating system, and without sounding too cheesy – they are the future, so their support will benefit Microsoft greatly.
We’ll get used to it
While people don’t like change when it comes to computers, when they have to they will eventually get used to it. Windows 8 is a big change from previous incarnations but once people are used to it their initial objections to it will disappear. When Microsoft debuted the first Windows a lot of people complained about it’s icons and use of a mouse, but in the end it became the world’s leading operating system.
It has added functionality over Windows 7
It wouldn’t be a true update if it didn’t better the previous version. Windows 8 makes some solid improvements on Windows 7, doing a lot of things better or that Windows 7 didn’t even do. The operating system is a lot faster than the previous version and has more of a ‘live’ feel to it with content on the desktop being pumped in from the Internet – for example live social media updates & email notifications.
It will give Microsoft a much-needed boost in the smartphone market
Perhaps the hidden gem of the mobile world, Windows Phone is actually a very good OS, some would say that it is better than iOS and Android. If you know how to use Windows on a PC you’ll know how to use Windows Phone, and the new Windows Phone 8 will further cement its place in the smartphone market.
It will continue to push the use of tablets
With tablets being the evident ‘next step’ and potential future of the computing industry, an operating system designed heavily with touch screen use in mind will better place Microsoft in a position where they can get some traction in the market alongside rivals Apple.
While many remain unconvinced, the possibility of Windows 8 taking off is not a far shout, however Microsoft has a lot to prove with what some critics are calling a very big gamble!