Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What you can expect to be wrong with Windows 8...

Microsoft shares are getting some attention this morning, as there appears to be an "accelerated" time table for the release of their next OS, Windows 8.

If there is one thing we can expect from Windows with this new OS, is that it will glaringly fall short of Apple's Operating Systems...again...

Why? There is really only one reason.

Microsoft has had problems in the past and will continue to have problems with handling how third-party software interacts with the Operating System.

For anyone who has extensively used Windows computers, you are familiar with the fact that "Ctrl"+"Alt"+"Delete" is a must know tool for working with Windows. You will be running your Rosetta Stone software or even Microsoft Excel and the computer will start acting up. Next thing you know, you are moving the mouse pointer around the screen and nothing is happening. You have just experienced Microsoft's Operating System "refusal to play nicely" with your innocent software. So, now you struggle with the "Task Manager" attempting to end your program and salvage what else you have running on the OS...Maybe sometimes you are able to abort the program without having to take more drastic measures, or maybe the whole OS goes down and you have to restart.

Fundamentally, this is Apple's competitive advantage over Microsoft in the OS market. When you run software on an Apple computer, the software seamlessly integrates itself with the OS. This is very convenient if your third party software starts to act up because the Apple OS force quit tool is very efficient. Much more efficient than the "Task Manager" on a Windows machine.

Will Windows 8 come out with a more efficient way of dealing with third-party software when it malfunctions? Probably not... Which is why, ultimately, they can make the User Interface as "pretty" as they want, but it's what is under the hood that really matters? While Windows has been ground-breaking in so many ways, they are still not providing the most "head-ache free" OS on the market. Thus, expect more of the same when it comes to dealing with Windows 8, which looks to me like Microsoft decided to slap some more lipstick on Windows 7's UI and call it a new operating system.

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