Microsoft has not been exactly cutting-edge lately with their offerings. If you read around the blogosphere, you’ll find that most people feel (and based on sales, rightly so) that both Apple and Google have eclipsed the giant when it comes to relevance in the technology spaces that are important (read: hip) right now (tablets and mobile devices). Some have even questioned whether the leadership in Microsoft is even capable of changing the momentum of the marketplace. Sure the new Windows Phones look nice, but have you seen anyone that actually owns one?
And then Microsoft unleashed Windows 8 onto the world Tuesday, during their BUILD Windows Conference in Anaheim. That metro UI look that people rave about with Windows Phone (but still don’t buy)? It’s the centerpiece of the new Windows OS, which is certainly designed with the tablet world in mind. If you haven’t seen it in action, go to the link above and check it out before answering this week’s question:
Do you think Microsoft’s new Metro UI will resonate with consumers?
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In other words, is the Metro UI enough to pull people away from what they currently use, and adopt a Microsoft product? Personally, I love the UI. I have made my mind up that my next phone purchase will be a Windows Phone, and that the UI for the phone is simply amazing. I guess I would be inclined to say that this carries over to Windows 8 as well; I still have very traditional thoughts about what I expect a computer to do, and I’m reluctant to give up my physical keyboard. But in a world that is mobilizing more and more, a tablet-optimized OS just makes sense. Not that Windows 8 is incapable of being used on a more traditional setup, but this is clearly designed for touch screen capabilities. And of what I’ve seen from other tablet OS offerings, I just feel like the Metro UI is well ahead of everything else that is out there. Microsoft might have been slow to move on the current trends, but they may have tapped into that creative and innovative vein that used to be their wheelhouse, and is now associated with companies like Apple. Now it’s a question of how well it’s implemented in real-world situations and, more importantly, whether it’s too late.
What do you think? Vote above, and comment below!
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