Windows 8 And Windows RT Officially Launched, Windows Phone 8 Coming Soon


26.10.2012

Windows 8 And Windows RT Officially Launched, Windows Phone 8 Coming Soon

Last night Microsoft held a press conference in New York where it launched three new products: Windwos 8 – an operating system based on Modern UI (formerly known as Metro) and designed to run on x86 and x64 machines, Windows RT – Windows 8 optimized for ARM processors, which will be installed on tablets, and Windows Phone 8 – a mobile operating system, which is basically a fresh start, as it is underpinned by a kernel shared with Windows 8 and Windows RT.

All three aforementioned products are a huge step forward for Microsoft and you probably heard about each one. Windows 8 passed through various development stages and you even got the occasion of installing it: Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, and Release Preview. We’ve already met some of the tablets and smartphones based on Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, but let’s have a closer look at each of the three operating systems.

Windows 8

Windows 8 will replace Windows 7, an operating system that was a true success for Microsoft after the fail called Windows Vista. Windows 8 is completely different in terms of user interface and it borrows the applications marketplace concept you will mostly meet on the platforms for smartphones and tablets. Moreover, the user interface was designed and developed for touch panels. That’s the main reason behind the avalanche of notebooks and tablets packing touchscreen displays. There’s also a Desktop mode for those who want to use Windows 8 in the same way they used Windows 7.

The biggest challenge for Microsoft is to “train” the users of the previous Windows versions into adapting to Modern UI. Personally, I am a bit skeptical about this, and I believe that many of the users will be crying about the Windows 7 interface. So far, I have had a look at Windows 8 in Consumer Preview and Release Preview, but I am sure that a lot have changed since then.

Still, Microsoft will not have to worry for the PC segment, as there’s no true rival for them on this market. The Desktop PCs and the notebooks sales are dropping, though. What’s for sure is that the Redmond-based company has nothing to worry about on this segment, and this is where the biggest revenues will come from.

Microsoft also announced the upgrade prices for the new Windows 8. If you are planning to upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8, you will have to pay as much as $39.99. The Windows 8 upgrade CD will have a price of $69.99.

Windows RT

Windows RT is basically Windows 8 developed for the tablets powered by processors manufactured using ARM architecture, terminals that will be cheaper than the ones running on Windows 8 with x86 CPUs. Windows RT will come pre-loaded with Office, no extra charges applied. That’s an interesting approach for Microsoft, considering that the company is squeezing money from the Office suite since 1984.

The main competitors for the Windows RT devices will be the iPad (running on Apple’s iOS) and the Android tablets. Even though there are some voices saying that Microsoft has no chance in front of Apple and Google on this segment, I kind of think the contrary. Both the iOS and Android tablets are focusing on entertainment and multimedia, while the Windows RT slates could become the perfect tool for handling documents at home and at work, that’s why Microsoft will definitively focus on the business segment.

Windows Phone 8

There are already a couple of announced smartphones running on Windows Phone 8: Samsung ATIV S, Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S, while Huawei will reportedly announce one sonn. Windows Phone 8 is a lot different than Windows Phone 7. Wrong. Microsoft has kept the user interface and made it a lot more dynamic.

Microsoft has huge expectations for Windows Phone 8. The partnership deal with Nokia was not that fruitful so far. For the first time, the Windows Phone 8 smartphones will come with multi-core processors and HD display. Anyway, it will be difficult for Microsoft to compete against Android and iOS on this market. I just can’t see how the Windows Phone 8 smartphones can slip thought. Windows Phone 8 is bound to provide a flawless experience, otherwise it will be doomed for life. Let’s hope that Microsoft has learned something from Windows Phone 7.

Conclusions

Microsoft hopes that Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 will be good enough to be capable of withstanding Google’s and Apple’s pressure on the tablet and smartphone markets, while the desktop PC and notebooks segment will conserve its excellent state. There’s not much of alternative for Microsoft.

More details about all the new products presented by Microsoft last night are available on the company’s official website.

Are you ready to buy one of the devices running on Windows 8, Windows RT or Windows Phone 8?

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