Why I Am No Longer Skeptical About Windows 8
IT consulting firm SWC has just completed its inaugural Microsoft Windows 8 Luncheon just outside of Chicago, and the feedback from the audience was what we expected. Some of them were skeptical whether Microsoft was too late to the mobile/touchscreen device market, while others were excited at the prospect of having a tablet device that can integrate into enterprise security and compliancy. Mostly, everyone was curious how Windows 8 devices would fit in their environment with the success of Windows 7. I admit that I went into Windows 8 with the same questions as everyone else. So let’s address some of those “assumptions”:
- The Metro is gaudy and awkward looking. The Metro interface is in fact fluid and easily customizable, even in the beta stages. I can’t wait to see some of the newer apps coming onboard.
- No start menu, no thanks. The desktop is still there and no different than Windows 7. The start menu is actually more easy to use because you can get to what you need without the desktop.
- What if I don’t want a touch screen? Windows 8 is absolutely fully functional with a keyboard and mouse. In fact, I am typing this blog now from a keyboard and mouse.
- Microsoft Mobile or tablet is never going to catch on. If consumerization will bring devices from life to work, I think it will have the same effect the other way around. Let’s face it; Windows 8 will be the only mobile platform that can be a fully functional corporate device.
- This is a toy not an enterprise level OS. If you like Windows 7, you will like Windows 8. Same functionalities, more features.
Overall, the Windows Luncheon was a fun event, where we gathered important feedback on what IT leaders are expecting. What we learned was that customers don’t want a platform to switch to just because it’s the next release of a Windows OS. Customers want a platform that is easy to use and as aesthetically focused as Apple or Google, yet is not limited in terms of accessibility to critical workplace applications like Microsoft SharePoint and CRM. Is Windows 8 going to meet everyone’s high expectations? We will soon find out, but one thing is for sure…I am not longer a skeptic!