Knowingly, Microsoft is expected to release its Windows 8 in the next year and the company isn’t yet release even its beta updates. Definitely, Windows 8-based tablets seems likely to be late in the market compare to its rival Apple, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Nobles & Barnes’ Nook and also its success seems in vague.
Enterprises want to keep themselves away from the new metro version of Windows as it has been especially designed for the Tablets. Also, being a new baby, there won’t be many upgrades to look for in future. Unwillingly, the Microsoft is unable to impress neither enterprises nor users for Windows 8 upgrade till now.
IDC’s Mary Jo Foley said “Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to the users of traditional PCs, and we expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in that form factor.” Also, the company predicted in their report that the Windows 8 looks to be out of order because a few number of user might update its PC from Window 7.
After Windows 8 developer preview, it’s quite clear that there is nothing new for the desktop and laptops owner. The new Metro interface is obviously designed for touchscreens and the tablets owners not the desktop users.
IDC has also stated “There will be intense scrutiny on Microsoft’s ability to deliver a successful tablet experience aboard both X86-based tablets and on devices running ARM processors.”
Microsoft’s plan to port Windows 8 to ARM is not so easy because ARM might not be able to run on the existing Windows desktops. The porting would only be possible when the software would be rewritten especially for the ARP chips. However, the same issue happened with Apple while porting Mac OS from 68k to PowerPC. The company also had to redefine its Mac OSX to run on ARM mobile devices. Later, the company re-branded its MacOSX to iPhone OS and iOS. It’s the strategy of Apple not to do any experiment with existing Mac apps on iOS, instead builds unique apps in order to suit iPad and iPhone. Unlike Apple, Microsoft is experimenting with the desktop operating system in order to suit the touchscreen devices which show the company’s conflicting ideology about its software plan for Windows 8.
Apple dominates in Smartphone as well as in Tablet market and the demand of its MacBook Air and Pro is increasing day-by-day. Instead of producing the competitive product, Microsoft has adopted a new strategy to license the technologies which support Apple’s devices. Really, Microsoft needs to change its monopoly rather legitimate on the patent issue, the company should focus on its innovation. The official release of Windows 8 is still far way from now and it’s the time for the company to rethink about the significant number of updates. The company should focused on the desktops users because this portion is still untouched and unchallenged.