5. App integration seems stellar
At Mobile World Congress, Microsoft showed how the different applications available in its Windows Store are designed to work together without talking to each other. Such a design improves overall security, but also delivers a full-featured experience that should ultimately increase productivity across the software.
6. Its ideal for the enterprise
All this talk of apps and design should give you one very clear message: The operating system will be a winner among enterprise users. From the fact that Windows 8 will be far more secure than its predecessor to the realization that Microsoft is going in a completely new direction, Microsofts Windows 8 might just be a winner among IT decision-makers.
7. Its a viable iOS alternative
Although Microsoft hasnt made serious inroads into the tablet space just yet, it plans to do just that with Windows 8. And as mentioned, Windows 8 has some serious promise. Add that to the many hardware vendors that are already saying theyll bundle Windows 8 with their tablets, and it quickly becomes clear Apples iPad might have some serious competition coming its way.
8. The first operating system to bridge the gap?
When we look around the computing market right now, its hard to find a single company that can effectively bridge the gap between tablets and other mobile products, and the desktop. Apple offers two operating systems to appeal to those markets, and Google does the same. But Microsoft is focusing heavily on convergence with Windows 8, and the operating system might just prove to be the single platform to bridge the great divide between tablets and laptops.
9. Boot-up times are top-notch
One of the worst things about Windows 7 is waiting for the computer to start up. But with Windows 8, Microsoft has implemented a quick boot time that, on some Ultrabooks, can take only eight seconds. Whats more, the company says that it will no longer require so many restarts after system updates. Its a smart move on Microsofts part that could dramatically improve Windows 8 adoption.
10. Its all about the cloud
Windows 8 will come with full support for the companys cloud-based solution SkyDrive. In fact, Windows 8s cloud solutions will help users sync content across multiple Windows 8 devices, manage profiles and more. At the end of the day, its all about the cloud in todays operating system market, and Microsoft knows that very well.