It is a clear sky for Microsoft and its users, as Windows 8 has been confirmed as released to manufacturing (RTM) this August of 2012. In just a month or so, I will be available it will be available in all major retail outlets.
Every three years, Microsoft pledged to release better and newer versions of its operating system which has been something to look forward to for most avid users. In this span of time, however, various operating systems have established undisputed versions for themselves—the Mountain Lion for Apple and the upgraded versions of Android OS for smartphones and tablets.
Surely, this year would be a tight competition for Microsoft and its competitors. It leaves people asking what Microsoft has to offer this time.
What to Look Forward To
Steven Sinofsky of Microsoft promises that the Windows 8 will include refined features which will take users to a new world, making the 25-year investment of the PC giant all worth it.
When Windows 8 Preview was first demonstrated in May 2011, it has undergone complete reimagining from its chipset to software experience. Stinofsky promises that Windows 8 would be “fast and fluid,” with an improved storage capability, more reliable connectivity and a WinRT platform which runs on comprehensive and credible apps that will cater up to 200 markets all over the world.
There are no clear specifications yet for what other features Windows 8 has. But the Microsoft Team is positive on the OS developmental progress and that it will be released on the target date, October 26, as Microsoft’s Windows CFO Tami Reller confidently said.
Some Bumps and Scratches
Windows 8 has not yet been officially released but it has received a few negative feedbacks from experts.
John Morris expressed his frustration over the Windows 8 Preview, citing that Windows 8 may confirm the rumors of a fluctuating trend when it comes to the performance of Microsoft’s operating systems. He also asserts that with the impending release of Google’s Nexus 7 plus the growing force of Apple, Microsoft’s future seems clouded.
Preston Gralla shares Morris’ frustration. He believes that Windows 8 will not deliver a good user experience if Microsoft will not subsidize touch-screens. He also added that the OS serves better on touch-enabled hardware than traditional PCs.
Nevertheless, there is no stopping for the Microsoft Team. In fact, on August 15, developers can already download final versions of the Windows 8 through their MSDN subscriptions. Like a cascade, it will be available to more experts within August and September for public availability on October.
By October 26, people can upgrade their Windows OS for $39.99 on a new PC or device. For Windows 7 PC buyers today, they can avail the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99.
What do you think? Is it a clear horizon for Microsoft or should they just keep their windows shut?
Jay Manangan is an online marketing strategist for Repair Labs and Fix-iphones, an industry-recognized specialist in computer and gadget repair. He spends most of his time on the internet, reading technology and computer blogs. He’s the axeman of a band called “ManMinusMachine”.