Windows 8 Mission far from Accomplished
Microsoft today announced that its new client operating system,Windows 8, has reached a very important milestone called “RTM” or “release to manufacturing”. The Microsoft team deserves congratulations in this accomplishment as this took almost three years in the making with the shedding of blood, sweat and tears. While this is a very big milestone, Windows 8 is very far from the end game and has a lot of things to prove before the mission is accomplished. Microsoft knows this, but I don’t think many realize just how far Windows 8 has to go.
Microsoft has done a lot to ensure hardware compatibility with Windows 7 peripherals, but until the most popular installed base has been tested, it’s a crapshoot. One of the biggest things Microsoft needs to quickly disclose is what peripherals work well with Windows 8 and RT, work with limited functionality, and which don’t work at all. This will be very evident as OEMs like HP and Dell, ODMs like Compal, channel providers like Best Buy and peripheral makers like Logitech run their product through “wide area tests”, testing their own PCs and tablets and associated peripherals. Peripherals with Windows applications like printer/scanners and video cameras will need the most work as these are full blown Windows apps. Windows RT devices will have the biggest challenge as they aren’t compatible with legacy applications. Read More