Microsoft One Step Closer to Tablet Technology
It looks like the race in tablet technology will soon get a new competitor. Microsoft's Windows division president Steve Sinofsky recently debunked some of the mystery surrounding their Windows 8 on ARM technology (WOA), meaning the much debated Windows tablet is still in on the horizon.
Anyone following this company's journey to create a tablet knows that it hasn't been an easy one. According to TechCrunch, since ARM systems are built on a much different principle than the Intel or IBM processor, some serious adjustments were made. The result is a WOA that is compatible with its PC cousin, but which doesn't work in the exact same fashion.
Sinofsky wrote on Microsoft's blog that their intention is to develop a WOA that has the same look and feel of the Windows operating system that customers have grown to know and love. This means the same start screen, peripherals, Metro-style apps and Internet Explorer that Window's users are accustomed to. The WOA will also include desktop versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. IT pros who don't adjust well to major change can feel free to breathe easy.
The biggest difference between WOA and Windows 8 for your computer is that unlike the PC version, which is compatible with every past incarnation of Windows, the WOA focuses on the here and now. Microsoft won't release a standard version to sell for self-installation. Instead, they'll tailor WOA technology for each manufacturer that creates their devices, and each device will come with WOA pre-installed.
What does this all mean for business dependant on Windows technology? Well, for one, they'll be able to integrate tablets that are compatible with their general operating system into their day-to-day business. Syncing the WOA to your work computer allows you to easily take information on the go. This will be life-changing for companies that do a lot of their business outside of the office. As a bonus, the WOA operates like a smartphone. You never need to power it down or put in sleep mode. This allows you to access information at a faster rate than would be possible with a desk or laptop computer. Showing a client a spreadsheet suddenly becomes a task that takes no time at all.
Unfortunately, you'll still need a standard computer to run programs or open documents that are only compatible with older versions of the operating system. For some businesses this could be an inconvenience, but it also might be the sign that it's time to let go of old technology.
While all of this news is exciting for Windows users, there's still no firm date for the release of WOA. Businesses and IT professionals alike will just have to wait with bated breath until at least the end of 2012.
This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.