I started my computer life on anPC, my first gaming/entertainment electronics experience was the , and it wasn’t until high-school that I met my first IBM, an XT with an attitude. So in my years you can bet I’ve seen a few operating system ‘revolutions’, heck the first computer I paid for with my own money was the back when it was the first PC to have a mouse and ‘Windows’ (plus it could talk!). 🙂
Things have changed a bit since that 8mhz Macintosh with it’s single color 10″ non-upgradable screen. The 4mb maximum limit of RAM that was a selling point of my Mac isn’t even enough for a modern CPU cache, let alone an OS + applications, and ‘booting from disk’ has a totally different meaning.
Along comes Windows 8 and I really felt that I needed a new operating system like I needed a new hair in my nose, so I was in no rush at all to review it. The situation reminded me of a quote from Tron 2.0:
“..what sort of improvements have been made in Flynn… I mean, um, Windows 8?” .. “This year we put an 8 on the box!”
Well it’s not really that bad, in fact the more I poke at Windows8 the more I see it’s potential and I can see how it could be a game changer for a web based business. Here’s why:
- The start menu is now a web page with tiled animated content including feeding from websites like XKCD.com:
– Do you have your website setup properly to feed the new start menu when people add your site there?
- IE10 is the browser the OS uses, you can install another, but it won’t get loaded until you specifically load it
– Does your site look the way you’d expect in IE10? I know our aging site layout looks different in IE10.
- There is no prompt to chose a search engine, you’ve got Bing and what more could anyone want?
– This could divide the consumer base among power users who have fiddled and those who just use things ‘as is’. Depending on your market this could change the way you look at Bing.
- Clicking the “Make Google my homepage.” link on the google.com/.ca homepage currently causes IE10 to load a blank white page instead of the default home screen.
- Built in applications for reaching social networks aren’t broad enough. “Socialite” program for FB only works with FB, and drops support for Twitter, Reddit, Google Reader, Flicker, Digg, etc..
– Speaking of which, how cozy are you with giving MS access to everything?
Mind you, with all the stink that’s getting raised over the, the rate of adoption for Windows8 could be pitiful. If Microsoft’s hardware partners went ahead with the new feature it would lock out other OSes and force people to deal with one source for new OS installs/upgrades.