Windows 8 is a Step in the Right Direction

Windows 8 is a Step in the Right DirectionThe success of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system will depend not as much on the sales numbers or customer appreciation for what it is, but the path this shift will ultimately lead us down. I know Windows 8 will be a love/hate OS for the majority of its users. It’s important to look past the short-term and see what Windows 8 will mean in the long-term.

Either you will enjoy the new interface and introduction of the modern UI, or you will dislike the removal of the Start menu in favor of something that is clearly better suited for touch screens than a keyboard and mouse. Either way, Windows 8 is the first draft of a long-term evolution Microsoft has foreseen in the computer market for over a decade.

Tablet surfaces are growing in popularity, and Microsoft as a corporation has long been invested in seeing this evolution take place. Granted, its early attempts to bring Windows to a tablet fell drastically short. Obviously, it was too early and the technology hadn’t quite caught up with Microsoft’s lofty goals.

Today, thanks to iOS and Android, the viability of a touch screens and simple tablet form factors in modern computers is clear. The computer of tomorrow won’t be plugged into the wall but held in your hands. Presentation and productivity will eventually find its way to these smaller and infinitely more adaptable devices. The age of tower PCs and bulky laptops is coming to an end, and that end will happen in the next five to 10 years.

The tablet computers of tomorrow will most likely look and feel differently to the ones we use today. After all, any first generation of technology looks very different from the second, third, and fourth generations. Cellphones are a great example of this. What started out in a suitcase eventually evolved into the small pocket-sized portable media centers we carry around with us today. Smartphones are a modern example of this technology. It only stands to reason that even this form factor will eventually be replaced by something even more remarkable down the line.

Windows 8’s Users Will Be Pioneers, Not Fools

I can’t wait to start receiving email or reading comments from OS X or Linux users that state people using Windows 8 are fools. It already happens to Windows 7 users, as it does to people who use any technology others may disagree with. Technology isn’t a religion, so let’s look at it from a factual standpoint.

If Windows 8 is the first step in a new direction bringing desktop operating systems to tablets and smartphones, then its users are pioneers. They’re beta testing and offering feedback on what will ultimately be an evolution in the Windows operating environment that will reach maturity in Windows 9 or 10. Just as Windows Vista was the initial test for changes that appeared in Windows 7, Windows 8 will likely not be a smashing success out of the gates. It will be the unappreciated stepping stone on which a “good” Windows release will be based in the future.

Does this mean that you shouldn’t try Windows 8? Not at all. I, like many proud early adopters, accept the fact that I’m part of a large (paying) test pool of users that will try and offer feedback on Windows 8. The operating system to come from Microsoft after that will undoubtedly reflect this feedback.

I’m also proud to be able to be one of the first to see the first major commercial operating system designed from the ground up for mobile and desktop computers alike. It’s a huge step, and one that’s headed in the right direction.

Windows 8 Will Be Successful Because of What It Will Become, Not Because of What It Is

So yes, there are things to hate about Windows 8. Users will be frustrated, and IT departments will undoubtedly refuse to install the OS on production machines. This is natural. It’s an evolutionary step and I wouldn’t recommend anyone hop on board unless they were really ready to do so.

OS X fans (I’m one of them, too) boast how much “better” their operating system is than Windows. That’s great, but what major changes have happened to OS X in the past 10 years? During that same amount of time, Windows has evolved from Windows 2000 to the glossy and modern OS it is today. Love it or hate it, it’s evolving considerably fast. Windows 8 is just a small part of that evolution.

Before you declare Windows 8 another miserable failure of Microsoft, consider what it is that Windows 8 is setting the stage for five years from now.

Images: Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows 2000

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • http://twitter.com/GFXGarage Tory Wright

    The combination of power and convenience is a foregone conclusion. Windows 8 is a unification. It will begin showing its potential when tailored with apps. I personally think it will grow on many.

  • Izmail

    I’m excited for the release. Being a Windows Phone 7 user, I like what Microsoft is doing with the UI. However, I believe that W8 will have a bigger success on tablet and phone devices versus being on a desktop or laptop computer.

  • Cameron Ryan

    Windows 8 is really the most ridiculous OS I have ever seen. Not because it’s unstable and bad (like Vista) because it’s such a joke. I’ll give a good 40% of Microsoft Windows users are business owners, which use it for Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and all the software that Microsoft makes. If we are using something that looks like a toy, how are people going to get work done in such an environment?

    • http://www.jadtechnic.tk/ Richard Dambrosi

      I think in so many ways this article is spot on the money , this is the way of the future and with out this move I dint believe in a few years there would be a Microsoft and even if there was it would become so far remove and unheard from it wouldn’t matter ..

      tables arethe way of today and tomorrow, I so remember when the Ipad came out how many said it was silly toy like and only for the very spoiled rich not a serious computing device , the same was said from the very early days of smart phones too so many said they didnt need or want such junk and extras just something that would make a call that didnt get cut off all the time a phone with signal there was millions who said the cell phone it self wass a joke and would die out ..

      i have a 3 year old that can use an Iphone and Ipad aps very well does this make them ridicululus toy as well because about a year and a half is when kids start learning when to use them today , I know 4 and 5 year old using them to call and skype class mates after school alreadyat that age today ..

      they are also used in the office and get many work related tasks done during before and after the work day..

      just a few fun facts at any point of the day or night wnere ever you are at some where in the world there are 3 billion smart phones and tablet computing devices in use and less then 100,000 windows pc where is it says you the future is heading and what fuoure is it you think windows has without change …

  • Dallin Crump

    I agree the age of tower PCs as the go-to devices is coming to an end, but until I can easily and quickly edit and encode HD videos, play high-end games, and store large mounts of data on a tablet or touch-screen device, I still have a need for those “ancient” boxes. I have no doubt tablets will eventually get there, though, and I hope they do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430310093 Wolfee Darkfang

    Major changes aren’t always what people want. We like a familiar atmosphere with new features added to it, not a complete 360 of what it is to use a computer. This is why people are so ticked off and moving to other Systems. If you like being stuck in a enclosed area that looks like a iphone OS on a full blown PC, that’s fine… The rest of us want a REAL OS though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000194626444 Steven Hicken

    No.

  • http://twitter.com/gokuu9000 Conal Duffy

    Actually, I like windows 8. I think that over time people will realize what microsoft had in mind. The “Post PC Era,” a time when everybody uses tablets, is, i think, far away from now. But what i think will happen is, we will enter the “age of the hybrids” as i like to call it. This is a time when most people use PC-Tablet hybrids, like the new convertible laptop/tablet things that are coming out.

  • Dravack

    I like the idea behind windows 8 and I can’t wait to try it. Waiting for release half tempted to go out and buy a touch screen computer for it. >.>

  • dean

    im soryy but windows 8 was awful it look like theve put no effort into it because it looks way to much like the phone and that’s were it should of stayed on a phone it sucked and was exackly why i stuck with windows 7

  • http://bkgcom.blogspot.in/ Bharat Kumar Gupta

    Yes it is in a right direction but the implementation is horrible, i would label this UX as a “disjointed experience”, it clearly looks like creators of windows 8 rushed out their product to the market and just like vista real world consumers are more like beta testers. The concept of pc+tablet is very powerful and satisfy the needs of both present and prospect future pc(& tablet) buyers, and if it was done right windows 8 really could have emerged as a winner.

  • Cosdis

    Right direction it is since the popularity of the tablets and phones. But i think they should still keep a distance between phones/tablets and desktop OS.

  • Adam Smith

    Those who propose a “post PC reality” need to get a dose of reality. Walk into any government department, bank, or financial office, and I will show you a predominance of desktop computers. The PC is more durable, and less likely to be dropped/broken/stolen/mislaid. Less fashionable yes, but more durable also yes
    In addition, for the majority of serious jobs that take place within the company building, the employee needs to be at work to perform work, so does need to be based around work computers. The ideal of “work at home” just isnt realistic for many many jobs in 2012

    Then in 5 years time revisit that government department, bank, or financial office.
    Employers realise that the desktop computer is the more realistic option for serious work in the majority of large scale enterprises, particularly government, financial and medical

    After 5 years we can again review if “post PC world is likely”At this point it simply is not reality

    And please dont confuse the preponderance of smartphones vs desktop computers to suggest smartphones are the main way of the future, each are serving entirely different functions

  • Salesguy

    Time to get a reality check. People who cannot cope with Windows 8 are usually just stupid or technophobic. I’ve used the Release Preview for weeks now with no problems. People need to stop living in the past.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1600159663 Glorin Chiourea

    OK RYAN…NICE ONE … BUT, I CAN’T IMAGINE THE DAY THAT YOU WILL NE ABLE TO GUIDE SOMEONE (just by phone) TO DO A CERTAIN TASK ON THIS OS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1292299949 Nino Brunori

    Everyone has an opinion.
    I’ve worked in the Government sector as well as Private and I’m straight forward with nothing to gain. I don’t know of one Government agency or private business that will use Windows 8 in it’s present form. Do the engineers at MS really believe that someone at the Veterans Affairs are going to go through a bunch of tiles in order to get to the records of Veterans.

    Tablets have their place the same as Desktop workstations and Windows 8 has tossed the Desktop environment in the trash in favor of competition with Android and Apple’s iPad.
    It’s ridiculous because no matter how fast or powerful a pad can be it’s limited on power consumption and heat distribution while my desktop has 8 cores and plays Skyrim without a hitch.

    The analogy is having a car towed behind a Winnebago. You use your Winnebago as your living and workspace while the car is your shuttle do do short runs.
    A Tablet is and always will be a supplement to a desktop and will never take it’s place. Microsoft gives the impression that they dropped the desktop all together by removing every feature that makes navigating or desktop beautiful.

    Read some old reviews about how Aero brought windows to life when it was first released with all the glass and fantastic looking desktops and Icons. What does Microsoft do, they removed Aero like WTF?

  • LightbulbIT

    I ask most of the naysayers: you DO realize you are complaining about a superficial look, right? BECAUSE they are using a real operating system, you DO know that this thing will be skinned 400 ways to Sunday, right? Also, many of the bright colors (that DO provide a function) can be changed. The background can be solid black or some other color, the tiles can be made different colors (or all one color). You can make it as boring, ugly and “corporate” as you want. There are addons already for your precious “Start” button. That is the difference. NONE of us have the same desktops and the sheer number of cursors, desktops, widgets, themes ensure that we have have a choice. Windows 8 will be a bit harder to go all crazy with your desktop (makes the cloud login easier and it enables them to provide standard controls that makes development (for all the “not enough apps” people, MUCH easier), if you take the time to look at the multitude of design briefs, talks and videos, there is a reason for everything they did and alot of thought went into it. The Apple people have ALOT less choice about what they can do (move the logo from one side of the screen to the other) and yet they are successful. That’s all the proof they need that this is worth a shot. To be honest, I believe the code for some of this stuff is there and they could easily turn it on if things go south.

  • idlestream

    “The age of tower PCs and bulky laptops is coming to an end, and that end will happen in the next five to 10 years.”

    What a stupid statement… every few years there is some moron spouting about the death of the desktop.. now we can add you to the list.

    If you can’t understand why the tower PC isn’t going anywhere soon then you’re in the wrong business.