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This October be prepared for a massive technology push into your homes and workplace from Microsoft. They will be deploying their Windows 8 operating system not just onto your desktop, but onto your phone and tablet as well.  This is the first time Microsoft has attempted to unify their operating system platform across multiple devices and it’s being met with great enthusiasm. The phone and tablet market is dominated by big time contenders Apple and Google, and Microsoft isn’t pulling any punches to try and gain market share.

Microsoft has a strong foundation to work from based on its vast and firmly entrenched enterprise products. This gives them an advantage when compared to other big name competitors such as Apple or Google. They are touting the ability to access big time applications such as their Office suite seamlessly between devices. Improved email and the latest security features are also being heralded with the new architecture. It’s not all visual improvements, Windows 8 features some brand new features under the hood and is besting its predecessor in a wide array of tests.
 
Leading the charge for Microsoft’s new offerings is the now famous Surface tablet. Competing directly with the iPad and Android-based tablets, Microsoft is hoping the ability to run your Windows applications on your tablet will give it the edge it needs to make a dent in this developing market segment. Utilizing Microsoft’s new “Metro UI” they are hoping to create a functional UI that doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics. Featuring slick new methods for multitasking the Surface tablet looks to be a great addition for people on the go.
 
Expect caveats, however.  Microsoft’s new “Metro” UI is not without its fair share of complaints. There has been much controversy concerning the removal of the start menu and Microsoft hasn’t really responded well to criticism on the subject. The design is intended to be used with Metro Apps, offering no improvements for legacy applications – something that dampers the business prospects for the new OS. Microsoft is imposing a steep learning curve as opposed to gradual changes, something that does not always bode well for business environments. These criticisms have labeled Windows 8 as a possible “Vistaesque” release, signifying the consumer distaste for the older Microsoft OS.
 
Stay tuned to the blog for additional articles on all the features Windows 8 provides, if it’s worth upgrading to, and how Xcentric plans to incorporate this new technology in our cloud.

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