We at Belatrix Software Factory have been providing software development outsourcing for the Microsoft Windows desktop platform for over 10 years, we have used Delphi, .NET WinForms, .NET WPF and even Java (I know, not very pretty UIs on Windows!) so we are very interested in keeping an eye on what happens with Microsoft Windows 8.
I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on what I am about to write.
I just came back from a trip touring our East Coast clients and I asked all of them what their impressions were on Windows 8 and whether they are concerned or excited about the changes it introduces like the tiled desktop, the Microsoft Windows Store, etc.
I was very surprised to hear that most of our clients don’t seem to be paying a lot of attention to Microsoft Windows 8. It seems to me that Microsoft in their efforts to become more consumer-driven like Apple has forgotten that one of their strongest assets was a very strong and vast developer ecosystem composed of independent software vendors. Microsoft was always great at connecting and reaching out to developers and giving them technical information, training, support, etc. I am wondering if that hasn’t happened as much with Windows 8 and that is why so many technology-driven companies are not paying more attention?
Or is is that maybe Windows doesn’t matter anymore? Or is it actually that the Operating Systems have all become irrelevant? What I mean is that most software solutions nowadays are being deployed on the web as HTML or HTML5 applications which means that it really doesn’t matter whether their users are running MacOS, Windows or Linux.
What do you think? Is Microsoft dropping the ball in getting developers interested or is it just that the market has completely changed and not many people want to develop for closed platforms and most development is and will continue going to Web-based applications?
On the other hand it seems that even though the official release of Windows 8 is quite recent (about 36 days ago as of November 29th, 2012), there seems to be a lot of interest online as indicated by Google Trends:
Considering that Windows 7 was launched on July 22, 2009 and Windows 8 on October 26, 2012, the graph above shows that it has taken Windows 8 just 36 days since official launch to generate the same level of searches on Google as Windows 7 did in 6 months after launch! To me this says that companies might be underestimating the momentum behind this new OS.
And if you think Google Trends is not much of an indicator for interest, think again. It has actually predicted elections, economic cycles, etc. so it might not be the most accurate but it certainly provides interesting food for thought.
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I look forward to your comments.