Windows 8 Leads to Software Development Integrating Desktop, Web, Mobile, and Tablets

Marina Astapchik
IT Trends Research Specialist
October 11, 2012

The very first version of Windows was released in November, 1985. Hence, the operating system from Microsoft has become the unequivocal leader and has been retaining this position for more than two decades. However, with the rapid development of mobile technologies and vast distribution of wireless devices, Windows came up to the moment when it could give ground. Notwithstanding convenient user interface and habitual menu, the system couldn’t respond to the needs and requirements of finger-friendly portable devices. So appeared the decision to follow new tendencies and completely change the development strategy.

In order not to be way behind in the mobile space, Microsoft has released its latest Windows version with a view to be in line with next-generation computing. In so doing, the company strives to produce an innovative operating system with flexible cross-platform capability. One of the main aims is to seamlessly combine previous positive desktop user experience with touch-friendly technologies and provide the ease of use both on desktop and tablet devices. However, at the edge of Windows 8 outputting there is a heated discussion whether Microsoft's cross-platform device strategy will be accepted in a loud voice or go flop. The main reason of the buzz is the decision to totally redesign the Windows user interface and software ecosystem making them more touch-friendly.

The question is whether Microsoft will manage to find the touch point between modern and traditional computing with the help of the new Windows version. Let’s make an overview of what is already known about Windows 8.

On August 1, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 was released to manufacturing and is expected to come into the market on October 26, 2012. By coincidence, the version of Windows with number 8 symbolically resonates with its endless possibilities adopted for mobile platforms. Among tangible benefits are tile-based UI and a great variety of compelling apps at Windows Store that improve experience of the always on-the-go users.

There are some innovative and stunning solutions that Microsoft offers in order to integrate desktop, web, mobile, and tablets through Windows 8.

Streamlined UI

With a new Windows for modern devices Microsoft has made a real revolution with its innovative touch-optimized interface. Abruptness, however, came with the absence of the Start button that was Microsoft’s traditional brand feature. Instead of the familiar Start menu you can notice the Start screen with various tiles of your shortcuts and applications. The new touch interface is appropriate to the needs of small screen devices.

Cloud integration

Thanks to the integration with the SkyDrive service, users may take advantage of free 7GB storage and keep not only files, but also create documents and presentations in the cloud. Moreover, creating a Microsoft account or Windows Live ID, users can sign in to any device that runs Windows 8 and achieve their personalized apps and settings.

In other words, Windows 8 is expected to bring radical changes in the interface design, software and services ecosystem. It is expected that the new operating system will allow Microsoft to balance between desktop and tablet devices. At the same time, despite all significant changes, it’s still not clear whether they allow Microsoft to take the leading position and become solicited in the mobile era.

Industries and Technology Areas:

Industries: information technology

Technology Areas: software development, tablet, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows operating system

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