Microsoft has communicated that there were over 1 million downloads of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the first day of availability. That’s quite a success story. But, digging into it further and keeping an ear to the ground, there’s a strong contingent within the community that has tried out the newly polished Windows 7 operating system with a new UI, and after only a few hours decided it was too complicated and there were too many confusing pieces. Granted, this is a beta preview, so it’s good to keep that in mind.
Windows 8 is strange beast, for sure. There are two interfaces to switch between – one has the familiar Windows desktop everyone is used to, the other a tiled interface similar to the Windows Phone operating system. There’s even two different interfaces to Internet Explorer 10, depending on the UI (desktop or Tiled) you choose to use at a given time. All the time I’ve been using it, I keep thinking about the old Partridge Family bus design.
Windows 8 is – interesting. That’s the best way I can put it right now. As the OS progresses we’ll see if many of the confusing pieces are streamlined to make the OS something for everyone, but my first take is that it is a touch-only interface, i.e., built for Tablets and Phones. There’s going to have to be a very good business set added by RTM before it gets adopted within the corporate walls. For touch, even though Apple’s iOS is a consumer product, it has, sadly, already made inroads within business and Microsoft is fighting an uphill battle there. We’re simply not ready, in the corporate world, to replace every PC or laptop with a touch OS, just like we’re not ready to be 100% Cloud. Great ideas, and definitely the future, but we’re still quite a way off.
So, what do you think about Windows 8? If you’ve had time to play with it, let us know. Also, check out the End-of-life information after the quick poll. EOL for Windows 7 is 2020!
Is Microsoft hedging it’s bets?
In my opinion, Windows 7 will be around a long, long time as a viable business option. Companies will still be deploying Windows 7 long after Windows 8 has come and gone. Windows 7 will displace Windows XP as the operating system that just won’t go away. And, it seems Microsoft may also believe that to be the case, when you consider the End-of-life and End-of-sales dates for Windows 7.
End of sales for Windows 7 is yet to be determined*:
End of support for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020*:
*Source: Windows lifecycle fact sheet