NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft is planning to release its “Windows Blue” operating system update later this year. When it does it will likely have a significant impact on Windows 8 adoption and use.
, the operating system update that has been rumored for months and now reportedly on its way to the Windows ecosystem later this summer, is generating some excitement and anticipation in the PC market.
Despite Microsoft’s recent troubles keeping up with Apple and Google in mobile technology, the software giant is still the biggest and most important show in town in operating systems. And whenever it gets ready to announce an update, people tend to listen.
What is surprising, though, is the relatively small number of people who realize just how important Blue will be to Microsoft, Apple and the entire operating-system market. The software might still be in its development phase, but depending on how well the update is put together, Windows Blue could have a profound impact on the marketplace, especially if it helps Microsoft finally get Windows 8 into more offices and homes.
Read on to find out why Windows Blue will be such an important launch when it’s made available later this year:
1. Windows 8 isn’t appealing to consumers
There’s an issue Microsoft is experiencing that needs to be addressed quickly: Windows 8 isn’t appealing to consumers. In fact, the number of people actually buying Windows 8 PCs for home use is not nearly as high as the software giant would like. To boost sales, Microsoft has offered its Surface Pro tablet, but whether that’ll turn things around remains to be seen. With Windows Blue, Microsoft might finally find a way to appeal to consumers.
2. Enterprise users are ho-hum about the software
Enterprise users are wary of Windows 8
. They’ve found that the operating system’s new design makes it difficult for their employees to pick up and use, making it a non-starter for many IT decision-makers. According to reports, Blue attempts to address that problem with some improvements that will appeal to enterprise users.
3. It’ll tweak the user experience
The user experience in Windows Blue is expected to get a relatively large update. Microsoft will improve the user interface, making things a bit easier for users to find and eliminate all of the extras in the interface that they don’t need. Tweaking the user experience could be enough to improve Windows 8 adoption.
4. Built-in apps will get an upgrade
In addition to the operating system design, Windows Blue is expected to boast improvements to the apps that come bundled with the software. So, Internet Explorer, Bing, and Windows Explorer should be a bit easier to handle when Blue launches.