Microsoft’s Future and Windows 8
Now that there isn’t as much discussion about Romney and Obama the passion appears to focus on the future of Microsoft and Windows 8. I’ve already published three articles but I haven’t taken a stance strong enough to generate any hate mail yet.
Dave Ward loved sharing, “A month with my Surface RT”
Meanwhile, James Kendrick let ZDNET readers know,
”Why I can’t recommend the Surface RT for table shoppers”
Paul Thurrott known for his research and Supersite for Windows took a much broader look at the big changes in Redmond with “Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy is Correct”. Paul’s popularity means he’ll generate the hate mail from the Apple Fan Boys but I’ve come to a similar conclusion that Windows 8 will be a success.
One real sign of potential success comes from the reaction I’ve had from complete strangers. Any time I’ve used my Surface I’ve immediately been interrogated by interested consumers. At my doctors office, I clicked the keyboard in place and everyone behind the counter stopped what they were doing as they jumped up to ask questions. I had heard Microsoft spent an extra bit of time getting the click sound they wanted. Based on my experience, the recent Surface ad campaign has been very successful. The cost of the campaign has been effective since they’ve been able to advertise both the Surface and Windows 8.
The Windows brand is as strong as ever and nothing currently on the market is going to drastically change the focus. I learned a big lesson when I was involved with the “One Laptop Per Child” program.
For $200, you could purchase a laptop and one would be given to kid with a desire to learn about computers. The XO Laptop was an amazin innovation but it lacked one thing; Windows. It turned out even poor kids in 3rd world countries still wanted Microsoft Windows.
Just like we found true in the recent US election, people are comfortable with that they know. Microsoft is moving forward with change and I suspect folks will follow a brand that has always met their expectations.