The VAR Guy senses Microsoft is going to great lengths to make Windows 8 something truly different. But is it enough? If the Building Windows 8 Blog is to believed, Microsoft will leave no developmental stone unturned in this latest version of Windows. But where should Microsoft focus Windows 8 to have maximum impact? Here are The VAR Guy's top three:
- Developers: This is an obvious one, but The VAR Guy would be remiss if he didn't mention that developers are the foundation of success of any platform. Windows 8 is going to need a hearty base of excited developers willing to build applications that fit into Microsoft's new "Metro" UI mentality. This is likely the reason for BUILD more than anything, and for Microsoft to have BUILD at all means there's tons of potential in the system.
- Platform Use Case: Most people don't spend money on something they already have, so Microsoft needs to build a rock-solid use case for Windows 8, and more importantly, Windows 8 tablets. The VAR Guy believes tablets are really where the heart and soul of Windows 8 seems centered, especially (again) with the Metro interface. But Windows 8 needs to be more than a touch-layer on Windows 7; it needs to deliver a unique, productive user experience that changes the paradigm while playing well with existing technology, especially Windows Phone 7. If there's interoperability across the board (like webOS was designed to do between phones and tablets) Microsoft has a chance to capture a market of Windows Phone 7 users. If Windows 8 runs regular Windows apps infused with Windows 8 touch goodness, Microsoft could snag a whole new group of users. But if Windows 8 tablets are simply netbooks without keyboards, Microsoft will fail.