With one of the most radical changes in Microsoft’s history, the company launched a new tablet as well as a new version of Windows this week.
The software behemoth from Redmond, Washington is drastically altering the Windows operating system in hopes that you will use it on your PC, your tablet, wherever you are. They’re also launching retail stores that look very similar to Apple stores to try and compete for the hearts and minds of consumers.
Initial reviews of Windows 8 have been positive, but I’m not yet convinced that having one operating system to rule them all is the best move. I like my Windows desktop and wouldn’t enjoy a tile based interface. (Little known fact: you can change everything to look like Windows 7 with the Start bar and everything.)
Plus the Slate tablets are competing in an arena that Apple practically invented and there are two versions of Windows 8: Windows 8 RT (for low power devices with huge battery life) and normal Windows 8 for tablets.
I think this is going to lead to a lot of confusion in the mind of consumers.