Microsoft has been criticized forthcoming release of Windows 8 operating system, with Pc experts saying that its touchscreen features focus too much on tablet devices and neglect the needs of desktop pc users.
Windows 8, which is due to launch in 2012, was previewed by Microsoft at the recent Computex trade show in Taiwan. One of the most significant new features is its ‘tiled’ touchscreen interface, similar to that used on Windows Phone 7, the company’s operation system for mobile devices.
Microsoft wants Windows 8 to work easily on all types of devices, from desktop PCs to laptops, tablets and smartphones. Though you won’t need a touchscreen computer to use Windows 8, you will need to learn new ’gestures’ with your mouse, such as quick sideways swipes, to navigate around the Operating System.
Some Technology analyst’s doubt how easy or satisfying it will be to use Windows 8 on a desktop PC. An analytical web user said: “New Widows is targeted firmly at a touch screen interface. It will doubtless be possible to use new Windows with mouse, but you just know that the new user interface will really only be at home on a touch device, or a device with a touch interface- a largish trackpad on a laptop, or a desktop trackpad panel.” According to StatCounter 33.2% of computers worldwide uses Windows 7.
Technology blogger john Gruber, writing on his Daring Fireball blog, contrasted Microsoft’s approach to Apple’s which keeps its desktop operating system, Mac OS X, separate to its mobile platform, iOS5. “Apple’s radical notion is that touchscreen personal computers should make severely different trade-offs than traditional computers-and that you can’t design one system that does it all. Windows 8 is trying to have it all, and I don’t think that can be done,” Gruber wrote.
However, there is some good news for desktop PC users planning to upgrade to Windows 8, because many customers won’t need to upgrade their hardware, windows 8 beta download may be available for old customers. Microsoft said. “We have extended the trend we started with Windows 7 of keeping our system requirements either flat or reducing them over time. So Windows 8 will be able to run on wide range of machines because it will have the same system requirements or lower as Windows 7, “said Mycroft’s Michael Angiulo.