Windows 8: Will it make or break Microsoft's repute?
Microsoft has been keeping us in lurch for months with drips of promises for what the next version of Windows, code-named Windows 8, will offer.
Finally, Microsoft raised the curtain on its new version and demonstrated it to the developers. Windows 8 is probably a year away from getting into customers' hands. Though everything looks picture perfect in demo, the reality comes when product goes live.
With new Windows, Microsoft is ready to weather the attack on its PC hegemony made by Apple’s iOS and Android-based devices.
Here are few reasons why Windows 8 would resurrect the software giant's position and few reasons why it may sink.
In synch with laptops, tablets and desktops
Why Windows 8 successfully surpasses its predecessors is because it is optimized with not just laptops and desktops but tablets as well. In addition, the Windows 8 are completely compatible for touchscreens.
The new OS has been designed to work on ARM-based processors, which runs most of the smartphones and tablets in the world.
Catch me if you can
Windows 8 brags about remarkable performance improvements over its precursors. The boot time has been reduced, the memory footprint has been squeezed and the Metro UI installs apps almost instantly.
Now, Microsoft claims that OS is equivalent to iOS and Mac OS X Lion in terms of performance.
Welcome! Windows app store
It seems, Microsoft is in no mood to give any ground to Apple and Android. To counter them, Windows 8 will comprise a new app store when it arrives in the market next year. Though expected, the inclusion of a Windows Store offers new business opportunities for developers.
It creates an incentive for developers to develop Metro-style apps that could potentially sell well on the world’s most popular OS.
Reasons why Windows 8 may bite the dust
Despite Microsoft’s aggressive attempts to combat malware attack, the software giant still falls behind. Security issue will be of top concern among consumers. Internet Explorer 10 needs to be more protected than Chrome, Firefox, or Safari for Microsoft to gain edge.
Hardware: The new mantra
The lines between manufacturers and software providers are blurring. It can be traced back to Apple, which controls everything inside its ecosystem and uses its own operating system on products.
Google too will get control over Motorola Mobility. But Microsoft still has to depend on hardware OEMs to bring the sizzle to its OS steak. Particularly with tablets, even a small difference in weight, thickness, or battery life can make a huge difference in the marketplace.
Only time will decide whether Microsoft will make a comeback or go in oblivion with Windows 8.
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