Windows 8 Upgrades: 10 Factors to Help Decide if, or When, to Do It
The Shift to Touch-Centric Mobile Computing
Windows 8, the most significant upgrade to the Windows operating system in more than a decade, takes its user-interface design concepts in part from Windows Phone. The tiled interface, full-screen view and emphasis on the applications themselves as opposed to the desktop view are aimed directly at the mobile user. The shift to mobile, touch-centric computing has resulted in many changes in the Windows 8 user interface.
Computing in only the last few years has been transformed by smartphones and tablets, multi-touch devices and the explosion of new types of applications, especially mobile and cloud software. Consumers have embraced the transformation and in the process, Apple has become the world's most valuable company, displacing Microsoft. Microsoft had to respond and Windows 8 is that response. Unlike Windows 7, which was an incremental improvement on Windows Vista, Windows 8 is a significant change. In launching Windows 8, Microsoft is attempting to bridge the divide between traditional keyboard and mouse computing and touch-centric mobile devices. Microsoft needs to support the hundreds of millions of traditional devices while becoming relevant in a mobile device world. The key question for businesses large and small is whether Windows 8 is worth deploying. There are various opinions about that point. eWEEK discusses some of them in this slide show with input from James Morehead, vice president of product management and user experience at Support.com. Based in Redwood City, Calif., Support.com provides a platform for monetizing technology services, which enables enterprises to create marketing programs that improve the way consumers and small businesses use IT.