There is no doubt in saying that the most successful version of Windows till now is Windows 7. Microsoft sold over 450 Million licenses of it, loved by users, stable and easy to use, installs in few easy steps and several other features helped it to become the most popular and successful PC OS ever. Now, the question arises here, will Windows 8 be able to gain more success than Windows 7?
We all know that the next version of Windows family is on its way which is all set to release later this year. Windows 8 consumer preview is already out for general public to get familiar with the new Metro UI and other advancements before they start using it as their main OS.
People are already liking it but some of traditional or novice users are finding it little hard to navigate the resources of the PC without the Start button. But it’s not an issue, all important stuff is available on the Start Screen and if not, then you can pin it on the Start Screen.
The new Metro UI is really refreshing and mainly designed for the touch centric devices along with the traditional laptop and desktop computers. So, it widens the scope for Windows 8, as touch centric devices like Tablets, Surface devices and big touch screen computers can use Windows 8 as their mainstream OS.
Windows 8 scales across a variety of device and architecture types, from high-powered 64-bit desktops, to lightweight ARM-based tablets. High performance desktops benefit most from the robust performance and scalability of Windows. Mobile devices such as laptops and tablets benefit most from improved power management features in Windows 8.
Since the evolution of Tablet market, they have become the most tempting gadget in the market. Though the Appleis sole king of the market with its flagship product iPad, there are lot positive chances that Windows 8 powered tablets will attract users. Apple released the third generation iPads last month which failed to give users something different except the hardware upgrade as compared to its second generation. This is also a positive sign for Windows 8 powered tablets as they are definitely going to deliver a whole new experience to the users.
ARM-based tablets running Windows 8 are ideal for workers who are constantly on the go and need a long-lasting battery. ARM-based tablets use less power than 32-bit and 64-bit devices and workers can rely on the extended uptime of these devices. Although the ARMbased version of Windows does not include the same manageability features that are in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, businesses can use these power-saving devices in unmanaged environments.
iPad or Android powered tablets has been failed to create a buzz in the enterprise sector. It’s because they are still powered by Mobile OS and creates less usability for business whereas Windows 8 is a full fledge PC OS with the essence of Mobile OS in it and tablets running on it will surely be loved by the enterprise sector.
Another feature of Windows 8, Windows To Go, enables alternative workplace scenarios. Offsite temporary workers can be given a Windows To Go drive for the duration of their employment so that no corporate data is stored on their personal device. Remote and work-at-home employees can be issued a Windows To Go drive for regular work done outside of the office. In these scenarios, the Windows To Go drive enables remote worker productivity while helping keep corporate data safe.
By creating a Windows To Go drive, you can include all of the applications that you use at your personal PC. When a user boots their PC from the Windows To Go drive, it creates the same desktop experience as you get on your own PC.
This feature will attract more users as they may not want to skip any chance of leveraging the power of mobility given by this feature.
There is no official news out yet to confirm the final release date of Windows 8 but it is likely to be expected to hit market in early of Q4, 2012.
Windows 8 can be used on desktops, laptops, ultrabooks, tablets, servers and later on phablets (Big screen mobile phones, a new emerging breed to bridge the gap between mobiles and tablets) as well. So, with many new additional markets, the counting of license selling of Windows 8 will propagate more rapidly. And which in return, will break all the records set by Windows 7 and become more successful than Windows 7.