Windows 8 Release to Be a 'Rocky One' With Apple's New iPad Mini, MacBook Pro, But Nokia Lumia 920 Specs, HTC Windows Phone 8X Might Help Microsoft
It just doesn't seem like the business world is receiving Microsoft's new Windows 8 software the way it used to in the past. The negative responses have been overwhelming.
According to Reuters, Microsoft's release of Windows 8 on Friday will be a "non-event for most companies, and some experts say many may never adopt it."
"Windows 8 is, frankly, more of a consumer platform than it is a business platform, so it's not something that makes any sense from a business perspective at this juncture," said Doug Johnson, head of risk management policy at the American Bankers Association, whose members are among the world's biggest technology buyers. "There is really no additional business functionality that Windows 8 gives you that I see."
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A report by ComputerWorld says that the Windows 8 launch will be a rocky one, leading to an "ugly" 2013 for Microsoft, according to Forrester analyst Frank Gillett. The report said that market share will stay static at least until 2016.
The reasons for failure are: "consumers will be confused by Windows 8's dueling interfaces, that enterprises will stay away from Windows 8, that developers will struggle to write apps for the new operating system, and that consumers and enterprises will be baffled by four different Windows 8 architectures -- x86 for laptops and tablets, and ARM for laptops and tablets."
The new Windows 8 software will have a completely new look from Windows 7 which will force users to learn new ways of dealing with the software, things that they aren't used to.
Some relief might come in handy.
According to ABC News, every new Windows 8 PC, including the Microsoft Surface tablet, will come with a small card inside the box that explains the basics of Windows 8.
"Also, when you first turn on a Windows 8 PC or even right after you have installed it on an older system, you will get a series of animations, which explain some of the new features, including the Charms, which are the set of shortcuts you can always get to by swiping from the right side," ABC said. "Microsoft is also launching a full-on advertising campaign, which will show off some of the new features in video. There will be other videos you can watch on Microsoft.com, as well."
This will be coupled with the 34 holiday stores nationwide that will have customer service help to instruct people how to use their new Windows 8 software.
Microsoft will have a hard time competing against Apple's new line-up announced Tuesday. Their new iMac, MacBook Pro, and highly anticipated iPad Mini poses a huge threat to the new Windows 8 software.
Windows Phone 8 seems more promising. Microsoft will announce their new Windows Phone 8 software at an event on Oct. 29.
Best Buy began accepting pre-orders for the highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X on Sunday, however the Lumia 920 had been taken down from the website.
The Lumia 920 was selling for $149.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T in colors Black, Cyan, Yellow, White, and Red. This is good news, as some Apple users want to switch to the new Nokia smartphone. It would be $50 cheaper than the iPhone 5.
The website is still selling the HTC Windows Phone 8X on their website with 8GB for AT&T. It has a $99.99 price tag for a two-year contract and says it will ship when available. It only comes in Purple for now.