Mobile Tech Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Product Reviews for Mobile Tech Users
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Wednesday, April 23rd 
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Laptops & Tablets
Mobile Phones
Mobile Gadgets
Mobile Apps
BYOD & MDM
iPad
Mobile Industry News
Wireless Connectivity
Wireless Security
GPS & Maps
MTT Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Laptops & Tablets

Windows 8 Confronts Apple's Mousy Desktop

Windows 8 Confronts Apple
October 25, 2012 4:25PM

Bookmark and Share
Live Tiles on Windows-powered phones and mobile devices, which allow users to keep numerous features active on their home screen with updating information, have proven to be the most popular aspect of Microsoft's OS. If it takes off on the desktop and notebooks, it could force Apple to react, just as Apple did by releasing the iPad mini in response to rivals.

Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.

Apple likes to say that its products "change everything." But can Microsoft's Windows 8 be the breakthrough that changes everything at Apple?

Windows 8 is the first operating system to offer integration between mobile devices and whatever few PCs people are still buying these days, sharing data through cloud systems. But it remains to be seen whether businesses, the most important clients for Microsoft, will be ready to give up the time-tested, three-decade enduring mouse attached (by cord or now wirelessly) to their computers in favor of an all-touchscreen experience.

Too Awkward?

Even after the success of the iPhone and iPad, Apple declined to integrate touchscreens into its computers, like the MacBook Air, because designers and the late visionary CEO Steve Jobs felt it would be too awkward for people to reach horizontally toward the screen while working.

But the Live Tiles on Windows-powered phones and mobile devices, which allow users to keep numerous features active on their home screen with updating information, have proven to be the most popular aspect of the OS.

If it takes off, it could force Apple to react, just as it did this week by releasing a smaller version of the iPad in response to competitor models.

But it's a major gamble by the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant, whose programs power most of the world's PCs.

"Windows 8 looks like a big, bold, very innovative and very different new operating system," said technology analyst Jeff Kagan.

"I believe there are plenty of users who will love it, but there are also plenty who will not. The problem is that Microsoft is not giving users the chance to get used to the new operating system slowly. Instead they are launching this in an all-or-nothing way."

Those who are not ready or not willing to part with their mice or trackpads may just take a pass, he said.

"Microsoft should have introduced two systems, or at least a graduated system letting the user control how much change they will be forced to deal with at one time," Kagan told us.

In Your Face, Cupertino

Consultant Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group told us Windows 8 is "the quintessential 'in your face, Apple' product."

He noted that the Windows 8 Surface tablet, the company's first non-Xbox computer, takes into account many of the iPad's weaknesses.

"It's far better on productivity with Office," he added, referring to the applications suite not yet available for Apple's iOS.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

give-me-a-break:

Posted: 2012-10-25 @ 8:23pm PT
An OS that tries to be more tablet oriented. Please give me an OS that makes my desktop, where I live and work 8 hours each day, faster and more productive. I have a tablet, and it sits unused mostly. Apple has been taking things away from the desktop and now MSFT is pursuing the same path with a vengence. What is intel to do? Maybe, just maybe Intel will think, hmmm here is a chance foe desktop linux.



 Laptops & Tablets
1. Review: Windows Embraces the Past
2. Vaio Fit Battery Danger Forces Recall
3. Sony Digital Paper Cuts Paper Waste
4. Microsoft Finally Offers Office for iPad
5. Review: Samsung Note Pro Tablet




 Most Popular Articles
1. Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
2. HP Rolls Out New Software-Defined Network Products
3. Smartphone Kill Switch Could Save Users $2.6B a Year
4. Avaya Aims To End Network Waiting Game
5. Google Video Shows Off Modular Project Ara Phone


Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  Samsung: $2.2B Too Much for Apple
  Review: Windows Phone Advances
  Uber Meets Local Lookalikes in Asia
  Microsoft-Nokia Deal Closes this Week
  Mobile Ad Platform From Facebook?

 Technology Marketplace
Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise Hardware
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
Verizon Data Breach Report Exposes Top Threats
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Where Do Web Sites Stand, Post-Heartbleed?
A security firm says the vast majority of Web sites have patched themselves to protect against the Heartbleed bug, but now there are questions raised on the reliability of open-source programs.
 
White House Updating Online Privacy Policy
A new Obama administration privacy policy explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, saying much is in the public domain.
 
Navigation
Mobile Tech Today
Home/Top News | Laptops & Tablets | Mobile Phones | Mobile Gadgets | Mobile Apps | BYOD & MDM | iPad
Mobile Industry News | Wireless Connectivity | Wireless Security | GPS & Maps | MTT Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Mobile Tech Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.