Can Windows 8 Deliver for Microsoft?

With smartphones and tablets taking up more and more of our browsing time, people have forgotten about the operating system monopoly that Microsoft still has with their Windows software. Sure, Google and Apple are taking more innovations, leaps, and bounds when it comes to exploring new ways to access information, but nearly every home with a computer in America is running on a Windows platform. While the platform is tried and tested, Microsoft is planning to revamp its image with their next installment of the software, Windows 8.
The biggest noticeable change to Windows is the new metro style browser they have put in place. Instead of the traditional format of different applications located on a standard bar on the bottom of the screen, the desktop will be much more interactive with different applications being featured on a touch style interface. This will make it easier to perform functions like reverse phone lookup and other Internet browsing tasks by making the desktop more like a smartphone instead of the traditionally clunky Windows interface.
If anyone decides to upgrade to Windows 8 and doesn’t like the metro style interface, they can always change back to an older style. This has been a feature that Windows has included in pretty much every one of their incarnations. But when quoted in an article at PC World, the Chicago Sun-Times reporter Andy Inhatko says that the old Windows interface looks like a drunken uncle at a fancy wedding when compared to the new Metro design.
One of the developers currently working on Windows 8 content is the struggling computer and tablet manufacturer HP. According to a report on Fox News, developers at HP are busy conducting proof of concept work with Windows 8. When HP tried to launch their line of tablets using the WebOS platform, they failed miserably. Now their products are being offered at slashed prices in order to get them off of shelves. By teaming up with a giant like Windows, HP can sell more of their products and not rely on such a shoddy operating system.
Microsoft’s primary objective with their new software is to impact the smartphone and tablet market and carve out a place for themselves. Android, Apple, and even Blackberry all have a stronger presence in the market than any Microsoft product. Brands like Nokia and HTC are all trying to find the best ways to utilize the Windows operating system onto their phones. Android and iOS 5 are currently dominating the market, but Windows wants to rely on its brand name in order to succeed.
Microsoft may be an afterthought when it comes to cutting edge technology these days. Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Google are dominating the headlines, while Bill Gates’ company silently lingers in the background like a slumbering giant. With the Windows 8 operating system soon launching, we may awaken the Microsoft beast.