Change is not easy. Windows 8 is a major change for Windows. It is bound to have skeptics and naysayers, but Microsoft needed to do something dramatic to cut away from the past or risk losing relevance in the increasingly mobile, connected world. Windows 8 seems to be a great step in that direction, and given how positively it has been reviewed by the press so far, it does seem to have legs. Let’s also not forget that Microsoft is unifying this Metro experience across all the screens it owns (Windows Phone, Xbox, and PCs of various form factors). There are a lot of questions about the dual interfaces, and the power user scenarios, but looking at a simple device scenario (touch or otherwise), Windows 8 may actually turn out to be a decent upgrade over Windows 7 and a credible competitor to the iPad. The commercial success of Windows 8 will of course depend on the ecosystem, as I have written earlier.
What do you think? Any scenarios I have missed? Will you be embracing Windows 8? If not, why not? Do you think there is a chance Windows 8 could face a Vista-like “downgrade to Windows 7” situation?
Let me know!
Image credits: Microsoft (Windows 8 Preview site, Windows Team Blog)