Make no mistake, Microsoft’s decision to rejuvenate its outdated software with Windows 8, due out this week, is a great thing.
It’s about time that Windows paves way into this decade because what it started out as in the late ’90s really hasn’t changed that much the more I think about it. Sure, there’s been improvements to the speed and efficiencies of the best features of Windows, but I can’t think of anything Windows did that was “groundbreaking,” since it overtook offices everywhere as the preferred software for business.
Since then, in my opinion, it’s all been fun and games for Windows, at least when taking in the perspective of your average Windows user. I know I’ll probably offend the pro techies out there who know a lot more than I do about Windows’ history, but I’m just trying to be honest.
With that being said, here’s how I’ve seen the progression of Windows from its ’98 version up to Windows 7: It has always gotten better (except for that tidbit into Vista in ’07), but just not over the top kind of better. Microsoft Office has always become smarter, and Internet Explorer is still relevant today, especially considering the competition browsers face when we have IE, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc. Still having IE around is a feat I like to point out a lot because I think as users, we over look the impact we have on brands based on what our preferred browsers are. But I digress.
What I wanted to write about is how I’m worried about Windows 8. Mostly because I fear that those who I can relate to, the average Windows user, will be too shocked by the drastic changes coming. I fear that we won’t want these changes on our personal laptops, let alone our business ones because we haven’t been challenged by Microsoft to delve into the new and unknown before, unlike Apple users are. The thing with Apple, though, is that it has always, and I mean always, garnered the trust of its users across the world that when new things happen to its devices or software, it’s going to be good. They just have that great marketing thing going for them, which is why they’re always successful.
Microsoft, on the other hand, as I argued before, has never done anything ground breaking. Therefore, I can see that most of its users will be skeptical from the get go instead of giving Windows 8 a shot. Especially at the work place, which is really a shame.
I don’t want to be a nay sayer before I even give Windows 8 a shot, but when the stakes are already so high, I can’t help but wonder what will become of Windows in the long run. Hopefully, I’m just being a little pessimistic and the overall response is better than what I’m imagining.