Why Windows 8 Will Succeed!

Windows 8 is the upcoming operating system from Microsoft –  a much hyped and much awaited version, that intends to change the way people computer. With Windows 8, Microsoft changes the user interface completely and makes it best for operating on devices with touch-screens. It drops the Start button and Start menu – native to Windows line of operating systems, since Windows 95, and introduces a start screen and a tiles system that are easy to handle.

The product has not been released in the market, yet the debate is already on. “Windows 8 will rock“, “Windows 8 will outsell Windows 7” or “Windows 8 will be the next Vista!”

Today I will talk of a few reasons that make me feel Windows 8 will succeed.

The Metro User Interface

The first time you see Windows 8, you will find it to be dramatically different from Windows 7. The new user interface, borrowed from Windows Phone, is being called the Metro user interface and Microsoft is sure it will create positive support for the new operating system.

In fact, Microsoft is so much confident in the Metro user interface that it is extending it to other products so that everything is in line with the interface. It is updating Hotmail user interface to Metro and if rumors are to be believed, the next version of Microsoft Office too will have the Metro interface. The best thing about this interface style is that it can be operated using multiple touches and hence, would provide for faster navigation.

Replacing the icon graphics with metro applications, provides information on the desktop itself. The desktop looks “live” with the interface and hence, appeals most to the small screens with more whitespace. History has shown that users of Windows operating system have always liked newer interfaces. I believe the Metro user interface too will be accepted gladly on devices – perhaps more readily on  touchscreens devices.

In the words of Steve Ballmer:

Metro will drive the new magic across all of our user experiences.

Already different companies providing software are developing their software in line with the Metro interface for Windows 8. These applications are a step ahead of their desktop versions as they are already open and all you need is to highlight the particular tile to use it. All these features of the new Metro interface make Windows 8, a welcome candidate for newer computers.

Ready For Cloud

Cloud is being termed as future of computing. More and more businesses are integrating cloud into their infrastructure – be it for storage needs or hosting programs and applications. Cloud services form an essential part for individual users too. For example, users want an extension to store their music files and photos so that they can access it from any computer.

Windows 8 integrates SkyDrive with the operating system. SkyDrive is available as a Metro style app on the Start screen. This means SkyDrive is always open on your computer and you can access it simply by highlighting the SkyDrive tile. Not only this, SkyDrive is available from any application running on Windows 8 and from the Share Charm, making it easy to store files to SkyDrive and to share them with others. Thus, SkyDrive brings the cloud right to your computer – allowing you to open files from SkyDrive and allowing you to save files to SkyDrive.

According to MSDN Blog on SkyDrive and Windows 8 integration:

For app developers, this means that, so long as your app supports opening and saving documents and photos, it will automatically support SkyDrive without any additional work.

This, in my opinion, is a feature that will appeal to many as there are around 17 million SkyDrive customers who store their files on SkyDrive and use it to share their files and photos with others. Integration with Cloud services would thus make Windows 8 really desirable for many. The operating system’s Cloud integration could well be one of its most attractive selling points!

User Security

Safety and security has always been at the core of Windows, and more so in this new operating system. Windows 8 has integrated several new security features into the operating system, making it ideal for almost all types of computing devices.

Windows 8 has built-in antivirus and anti-spyware so users need not install a third-party anti-malware. The free security might appeal to the generations that welcome good security for low-cost. The task of choosing different security software and installing, updating it, has been removed, with the presence of the built-in anti-malware.

Though Windows 7 is also good at security, Windows 8 is a step ahead – integrating family safety into the operating system core. This is a feature that will appeal to parents who wish to secure their kids by stopping violence and adult-site exposure; monitoring their kids’ Internet usage; and more. The best thing about the Family Safety in Windows 8 is that the operating system can enforce a set of limitations across different computers using the Windows Live ID – making it easier for parents to monitor their kids’ activities.

Offering effortless multi-tasking, syncing across devices, introducing Xbox Music, being feature-rich, attractive, lean, fast, secure and with its powerful new collection of Windows apps and the Windows Store, Microsoft could well have a winner in its hands!

… but then there are voices of discontent – the most vociferous gripe among them being – hating the fact that the new start screen keeps flying in their face …

Tomorrow, we will see the other side of the coin … and touch upon the reasons on why Windows 8 could just possibly fail!

Till then let us have your views, observations and comments about this post on Windows 8.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

11 Comments

  1. Myothernamesagoodone

    Will fail? Already has and spectacularly so! If Metro is its plus point then it really is in trouble. Maybe we don’t want to have to dig underneath all the things we’ve got going on to get back to the desktop every five minutes. We had Program Manager (and that’s all Metro is but with bigger icons!) in W3 and thought the new Start button and taskbar the best thing since sliced bread – we still do! Effortless multi-tasking, my eye! And we don’t all have X-Box, and we don’t all have touch screens, and some of us would just like to keep our Home computers at Home and haven’t bought into this Cloud malarkey so what’s Microsoft got to offer us? We bought into 95 and 98 and XP and W& because we could see something there for plain old home users. We didn’t buy into ME and 2000 and Vista because we couldn’t! Guess which category W8 falls into!

  2. uther4

    you must be smoking something you realize how many people are switching to linux since windows 8 i have completely took google off every machine changed to incredamail and linux on 27 machines because of windows 8 it sucks its a piece of shit the whole company switched to linux we even have 17 boxes of new windows 7 we where switching to and never cracked the first one windows 8 and microsoft will not survive this crappy version 8.

  3. No, I was not smoking, nor have I smoked anytime.

    What does it feel like btw? 😉

  4. uther4

    do not reaLLY know only smoked ceremonnial pipe (PEYOTE)

  5. mechang

    Even if I do respect your opnion, I do not see Windows 8 playing nice in a corporate environment as tablet as it is, everything is “under the carpet“, like Gnome and Ubuntu, and not so intuitive and friendly as the friendly GUI interface use to be in the previous Windows.

  6. Windows 8 will sell a lot of hardware. I see less upgrades of current machines but more sales with new hardware that takes advantage of the new OS. The Surface tablet looks nearly perfect with Windows 8. I’ll upgrade to it on my home PC, but judging from a lot of various comments around the web, I’m a minority there. Some people are going to wait and see how it plays out. 😐

  7. John Sander

    The start button (menu), is a small thing if you don’t use it, but all that Metro pictures crap is the biggest mess I’ve ever seen. I like Apple’s “Lion” icon view of all icons, similar to that metro thing, any size you want, call it up fast, goes away fast. Mark my words, if MS does not put the button back or we will use the new “Start8”, which is metro looking but so much easier to use, Win 7 will be the next winXP…

  8. danerd

    hi, i would not have windows8 even if microsoft paid me, get real man, i can see a lot of people moving to linux.

  9. WindwosXD

    Windows 8 is pain in *ss. Even the unity interface of ubuntu is better. Windows 7 is best. But hey if microsoft will give me a free touch screen then maybe I will buy windows 8! XD

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