Thursday, June 02, 2011

Windows 8

Here is a video showing some of the features of Windows 8, the successor to the current Windows 7 OS.

It's interesting, I'll give it that. However I just don't know about making one OS to run full fledge computers and tablets. Tablets and laptops are used very differently, and the OS should reflect as such. I personally think attempting to cram them all into one design is a bad idea.

Look at the Palm Pilot. The reason why the Palm Pilot worked so well is it did what it was designed to do, and did it well. They didn't try to force an existing OS into their little device (ahem Windows CE). They created an OS from the ground up to do specifically what functions they wanted for that device and it worked. It feels like Microsoft is trying to throw it all together, instead of making something that works well for tablets, and something that works well for desktops and laptops. In other words, specific tools for specific jobs.

Apple seems to be moving in the same direction with their latest OS X, Lion, coming out this summer. They created an App store similar to that on iOS (which I think is long overdue personally). They've created the Launchpad which is very similar to the look and feel of iOS. .

I hope that I'm wrong, but it seems to me like the "One OS to rule them all" strategy will not end well.

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