Last night I watched the keynote over the web as an invitee of Microsoft at their auditorium with a handful of others. As the keynote progressed you could almost touch and feel the excitement in the room from everyone and I left the “show” at its end think THIS is how you change the game and create computing for the future.
Talking about future, in january I wrote about the future of computing, “The PC is dead – long live the PC” and that is exactly what Microsoft have done with Windows 8. Taking the design concepts from Windows Phone, know as Metro and extended it onto their other platforms like the PC and Xbox. Making everything touch and gesture centric but still with your excepted support for interaction through keyboard and mouse.
You can now create applications that behave and look the exact same (if you want to) on all screens and share content across computers and devices without custom adaptation and development for each and every device/form factor.
I applaud this and congratulate Microsoft on their launch. Apple and Google must seriously step up their game to keep up with this because I think that when 450 000 000 copies of Windows 8 is running on PC’s, and then another multi million figure of tablet devices are running windows 8 with seamless integration the platform choice more or less becomes obvious for most IT Pros and consumers.
The core of Windows 8 comes with a huge array of sensory features built into the operating system and when the next version (beyond 7.5) of the phone os is being released we will probably see a transition to where you just install windows, not really caring if it’s on a PC, tablet or phone - these sensory features, like the support for NFC just becomes available on all your devices.