Microsoft: Breaking Windows

Microsoft has awoken. While it was sleeping, what was a dream in the 90`s and the early 00`s is a nightmare in the 10`s. Its monopoly was slowly becoming outdated, and people were looking for alternatives to make them enjoy technology in a natural way. The windows systems are clearly unusable for touchscreens (people`s favorite input method), something that is the main attraction in mobile devices. People love to touch things, but they also want something that is fluid and friendly. The Redmond based company, tried a crappy and choppy version of Windows for mobile devices called Windows Mobile which was a disaster in terms of ease of usability. Then some manufacturers launched touchscreens desktop and laptop computers running Windows 7 -- and guess what? It did not work neither. Taking those things as reference, it knew that it was staying behind and maybe in two more years Microsoft on mobile devices would not be a reality as it stands today. Based on this, the formerly called Metro interface, is born as Windows 8 -- the legs of Microsoft for this decade.

One could argue that the true innovation of mobile computers for the public in general started with the iPhone in 2007 and then with Android in 2008. But for my point of view the vision for mobile computers just got concrete in 2010. The introduction of tablets and Ultrabooks were motivated by the smartphones` strongest selling points: mobile (I mean something light), long-lasting battery life, and ease of use. All these things made the desire of people of owning shiny toys bigger than ever -- and yes people who never thought about owning a computer were using them (take look at your parents as reference). Apple and Google undoubtedly knew where technology was going in terms of user interface, hardware, and lastly, the sometimes infamous, cloud. These things are the future, no matter what a company tries to sell you, if it does have the features mentioned above, the chances of x product becoming a hit are scarce.

But then, Microsoft did what few people thought it would do: leave behind it windows interface for something radically new. This was a hard decision -- after all, windows as user interface was what made Microsoft the giant that it is today. Clearly, Apple and Google could experiment more with their operating systems as none of them has the popularity that Microsoft's operating system enjoys. I will express my opinion without remorse: this was the hardest decision ever made in tech world. I don't if it is going to be successful or not, after all customers have the last say. If this Windows 8 thing works, Microsoft will be recognized once again as a true innovator and pioneer of the tech world, and if not it at least tried to do something different which takes a lot of courage, not to mention risks, money, user loyalty, and a slew of other things that implies being the maker of the most popular computer OS on earth.

The reviews and opinions about Windows 8 have been rolling in. They are mixed at its best. From what I`ve read, I assume that new generations will adapt to it faster than older generations that have years and years using traditional windows user interface. My biggest fear will be rejection of people that can't accept new changes in their computing habits like opening a lot of windows. There is an old adage that says when things change they change for better even it takes a long time to recognize it. Time will tell if predictions are right or wrong. But Microsoft already sailed its ship to a new ocean. Everything is aligned in Microsoft`s catalog, from smartphones to traditional computers -- their DNA is the same -- I only hope its success can be the same in all areas.