Windows 8: Get Your Popcorn Ready…

by John Kirk   |   October 22nd, 2012

Welcome to Windows 8 week.

On October 26th, Microsoft will be introducing Window 8. Actually, over the next week or so, Microsoft and its partners will be introducing:

— Windows 8 OS for the desktop
— Window 8 OS for Intel tablets
— Third party tablet hardware to run Windows 8
— Windows Office for Window 8 tablets
— Windows RT OS for Arm Tablets
— Windows Office for RT tablets
— Windows RT Platform (Third-Party apps)
— Third party tablet hardware to run Window RT
— A new business model where makes the hardware that runs their Windows 8 software
— Windows Surface – A Microsoft branded tablet that runs the Windows RT OS
— Windows 8 OS for the phone
— Third party phone hardware to run Windows 8

Wow. That’s a lot of stuff and it’s happening all at once.

Any one of the above items would have normally justified a major announcement by Microsoft. Taken all together, the above represents a fundamental shift in the way Microsoft – and the world – will view computing from this time forward.

This launch is so large and so all encompassing that no one article could do it justice. So rather than try to create one article, we’re going to break this down into a series of articles and gather them together in a new section entitled: “A Series of Tech.Pinions.”

Get your popcorn ready. It’s going to be quite a show.

John Kirk

John R. Kirk is a recovering attorney. He has also worked as a financial advisor and a business coach. His love affair with computing started with his purchase of the original Mac in 1985. His primary interest is the field of personal computing (which includes phones, tablets, notebooks and desktops) and his primary focus is on long-term business strategies: What makes a company unique; How do those unique qualities aid or inhibit the success of the company; and why don’t (or can’t) other companies adopt the successful attributes of their competitors?
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1573495479 Rene Stein

    They really need to present a simplified message here. I would go with Metro, a unified way to interact with your computer, tablet and phone. Unfortunately, it isn’t called Metro anymore, so that makes it a bit difficult. I really have the sense that they are throwing the new interface out there to see if people like it and use it. If they don’t buy Windows RT tablets or they see people using the traditional desktop, they can always depricate metro.

    • FalKirk

      “They really need to present a simplified message here.”

      You may be right, but they are so far behind, they can’t afford to do things piece meal, so they’re doing them all at once. It might make for lousy marketing but it sure is entertaining for tech watchers like you and me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1573495479 Rene Stein

        I thought that Metro was supposed to be the overarching message, the one encompassing all things Windows 8. If I remember the early promise, the live tiles were supposed to revolutionize the interactions we have with our computers. Has that been lost?