A surprising portion of analyst commentary on what the impact may be from Microsoft’s scheduled late September announcement of a new operating system has been decidedly pessimistic. But these analysts may be missing some points worth considering.
A recent example of some of this negative predicting can be found in an article published on August 19, 2014 to the Seeking Alpha web site. This article, written by Onuora Amobi, titled Microsoft Investors Need to be Skeptical About Windows 9, contends “Windows 9 will probably be a stop-loss Operating System, as opposed to true innovation.”
Anyone listening to Microsoft’s most recent earnings conference call would likely be very skeptical of Amobi’s contention. If Satya Nadella’s comments can be taken as reliable pointers as to where Microsoft is headed with this next release of its operating system, then we are looking at a piece of software incorporating an enormous amount of innovation. How else to explain the future promise of substantially less effort to upgrade systems or to add new functionality, which will be represented by the debut, perhaps in late September, of one operating system to service all of the device form factors marketed by Microsoft, from PCs, to tablets, to smart phones and even game controllers?
At the same time, the critically important question of quality of user experience, which Microsoft has always fought very hard to ensure, will certainly be made easier to achieve with Windows Threshold, or whatever, ultimately, Microsoft decides to name its new O/S.
Beyond Nadella’s remarks, there is ample indication Microsoft is entirely capable of delivering on this promise. As published recently to this blog, there have been a couple of recent examples of solutions, for developers working with C#, capable of delivering on this objective. One of these can be found in a partnership between Xamarin and Microsoft’s MSDN developer subscription business unit (Xamarin, in fact, is actually being promoted to the Android and iOS developer communities, as well), and the other in something called a “universal App”, which was introduced at Microsoft’s Build 2014 developers conference. In both cases the objective is to provide developers with tools to substantially reduce the amount of effort required to apply the same code to multiple computing device form factors.
In this writer’s opinion, the impact of a new operating system meeting the specifications Nadella spelled out will be very great, indeed.
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