There’s been a lot of talk this week about the future of Microsoft’s new Operating System (OS) Windows 8 and whether Microsoft jumped the gun on redesigning the user interface that has been a part of the business world’s psyche since Windows 95. Gone is the familiar start button and static desktop, instead Windows 8 has a more fluid approach to tools and aps showing that Microsoft is ready to cater to the growing tablet market. Are we ready for this? Do we have a choice?
The Future of Computing?
We shared last month that for the first time in history, the shipment of tablets outpaced desktops. The IDC reported a total of 49.2 million tablets were shipped in the first quarter of 2013 surpassing the entire first half of 2012. These numbers are only forecasted to grow. Last month, Microsoft’s Surface tablets broke into the top 5 tablet sales for the first time since their introduction. The Microsoft Surface Pro, along with other tablets running Windows 8 operating system, like those from Lenovo and HP, are being introduced rapidly into the business market. There may finally be contenders to deal with many of the complaints users have about not having access to Office products on their tablets.
Still, many PC users may not be ready for Windows 8 quite yet. Even Microsoft executives admit to there being a learning curve to using the new Windows 8 and are working on a new edition dubbed “Windows Blue” which is set to hit the streets this summer. Even though it is rumored to bring back familiar features of older operating systems, like the start button, it will maintain its increased focus on touch screen computing.
The Future is here. Learn how to make the most of it.
Have you seen the new Windows 8 operating system for yourself? Here’s a video tutorial on Windows 8’s new interface and features (both touch and laptop interfaces are demonstrated):
Contact us today if you’d like to speak to an Account Manager to learn more about Windows 8 or to discuss how to put together a BYOD or MDM policy for your company.
BlackPoint IT Services is also hosting a free Lunch & Learn seminar and Live Demo of Windows 8 in our offices later this month.
The New Office 365 & Windows 8
Tuesday May 14th
12:00pm – 1:30pm
BlackPoint IT Services
5200 S.W. Macadam Ste 155
Portland, OR 97239