Will Windows® 8 be as successful as Windows® 7?
Windows 7 was so successful that everyone actually forgot about the Windows Vista fiasco. Well, everyone apart from the people who are still using it forgot about it. The important question now is will Windows 8 replicate the success story of Windows 7?
Windows 7 was needed
When Microsoft came up with an upgrade for Windows XP, Windows Vista looked new and better. But it failed to deliver the promise on the performance front. Everyone who was using Windows XP at that time actually needed a better operating system. Windows XP was getting older every year and Windows 7 thankfully performed better than Windows Vista. The new and better UI was also a plus point for Windows 7. Windows 8 has the new Metro UI which is drawing mixed responses from people. This leaves us with this question: Will Windows 8 make the same impact that Windows 7 made?
Defining the success parameters
Comparing the success of this operating system to any other OS wouldn’t accurately tell us about the performance of Windows 8. So, how do we define success in this case? It looks like all the Windows operating system users will eventually have to shift to Windows 8. But the corporations wouldn’t be upgrading to Windows 8 that soon, assuming that most of them have recently upgraded to Windows 7. If this operating system boosts the PC business and slows down the sales of other tablets (iOS / Android), I think we can all call it successful. With the recent consumer behavior changes (inclination towards touch-based gadgets and tablets), I think Windows 8 could be successful.
Competing with iPad 3 and Android 4-based tablets
Another factor for Windows 8’s success would be the iPad 3 (which is rumored to be on sale from March 7) and the Android 4 or Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablets. Since Windows 8 is typically built for the touch-based gadgets, these two devices play a big role here. However, it would be easy to beat iPad 3 with better hardware specs, but the same cannot be said for Android 4-based tablets. The UI of Windows 8 looks like it has the potential to dive into the competition with these two. But the actual success depends on the apps that Windows 8 has in store for people. Currently there are not many apps for Windows 8, but with companies like BlueStacks showing interest in Windows 8, it only means one thing – more apps for Windows 8.