Windows 8 is coming in 2012 (or so it’s been announced) and Microsoft has taken aim at its competition big time. What’s this going to mean for bloggers and for tech enthusiasts alike?
The biggest change coming to Windows 8 is its touch interface, support for ARM and Intel processors and support for new USB 3.0 devices. This means the operating system will support devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets and potentially every mobile device.
Just think about that for a second.
Microsoft has always relied on its dominance as being the leading desktop operating system used worldwide. More and more people have moved away from traditional desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets running Apple IOS and Google Android. These support simple, inexpensive (or free) apps targeting specific needs and give users access to a variety of online services, including all the major social networks.
Microsoft Windows 8 has to be the next big thing or Microsoft Windows is at risk of losing its market penetration.
It’s also been rumoured there will be an app store and a whole collection of online services to improve personal productivity. You will be connected anywhere you go, have access to both your files and applications because of services such as “Windows Online”.
Some of these cloud based services exist already with Microsoft but integrating them directly into the operating system means big things for users. Imagine, no more having to worry of losing access to your files when away from your desktop.
How cool is that?
The availability of one click install of apps, integration of real time search (both desktop and internet) and more social components has implications for how we think about engaging people and interacting with people.
It is rumoured this operating system will be a much more social one and much more mobile. If true, Windows 8 will increase Microsoft’s its influence across the most popular aspect of the internet right now!
If what Microsoft can deliver on what people want from Windows 8, it could spell trouble for both Apple and Google. Cloud support and seamless social integration with improved device support and a new and improved file system are game changers.
What will this mean for how bloggers and internet marketers do business? Will people have to adjust their strategies for making money online and for interacting with their readers? Do you think this will have any impact at all in the online world?
For me, I think Windows 8 is the next big thing but I can’t wait to see how both Google and Apple respond. Some see this as hype. I see it as opportunity.