Cellular phones have changed forever expectations of how computers should improve with human input. Point-and-click has been replaced by look, grab, and swipe. As a result, consumers and workers who still require a desktop PC now want machines that appearance and feeling like their smartphones and tablets. Microsoft and Iphone both know this.
The difference between them: Apple’s new tablet-mimicking computer system, OS X 10. 7 “lion” is ready at present. Windows 8 Could is later this year, or sometime in 2012. No one really knows, and that is exactly a problem for Redmond.
At Cloud Connect 2011 on Silicon Valley, TechWeb’s David Berlind gets a test of CA’s recently acquired 3Tera AppLogic graphical personalized cloud deployment tool. Harmon. I.e. was at Enterprise Connect demonstrating how Sharepoint usage is a more natural part of a knowledge worker’s workflow than how Outlook natively will it really now. It supports Exchange, Lotus Notes/Dominoe, and Google and yahoo Apps. At Enterprise Connect, Aastra announced a video phone that does 720p HD videoconferencing plus HD audio. But what’s most interesting about his phone is that runs of a Linux platform which may serve 3rd-party developed applications to the phone.
Within Cloud Connect 2011 in Silicon Valley, TechWeb’s Steve Berlind gets a demonstration of CA’s recently attained 3Tera AppLogic graphical private cloud deployment tool.
Iphone released Lion on Wednesday. The update puts the Mac App store in the home screen; pulls users’ documents, applications, and files together via the hub called Mission Control; and turns the Mac proper big iPad by enabling full-screen apps that respond to multi-touch gestures.
These features should come as not strange. No one knows better than Steve Jobs the fact that the iPad has put the mouse on the dwindling in numbers species list. Apple’s tablet isn’t just displacing, simply because Goldman Sachs notes, 33% of PC sales; it might be cannibalizing the Mac. Apple hopes a more iPadish Mac will convince people that there’s room for both devices—after all, it still earns fat income off pricey products like MacBook Air.
As designed for Windows? Windows 7 is slick, stable, and perhaps Microsoft’s best operating system since the venerable XP debuted about ten years ago. It’s great for point-and-click computing—which may next couple of years for all but a section of users. Microsoft is working feverishly to get Windows 8 out the threshold. It too will provide the option of employed in tablet mode. Microsoft’s problem is that this is some other race in which it is well behind Iphone.
Microsoft promises a full Windows 8 preview within its Build conference in September. Some pundits have pegged its debut in period for the 2011 holiday shopping season. But given the company’s penchant for delay concerning pushing new software out the door, and that experts claim Windows 8 will feature significant architectural changes as a result of its predecessors, others think it won’t see daylight until mid-2012 around the earliest.
Apple by then may have claimed the nation’s beachhead in general-purpose office computing, as business users push their IT departments for computers that resemble what they’re more comfortable with at home. For an increasing number, that will mean tablets—specifically, the iPad.
Microsoft believes it retains an important trump card. Windows 8 will stretch across a desktop and tablets, letting users—in theory—easily switch between devices while retaining admittance to all their apps. Apple’s world, even post-Lion, remains split concerning the Mac OS for PCs and laptops, and iOS designed for tablets and smartphones.
But it’s not that quick. Windows 8 will indeed run PCs and medication, but the tablet version is being built designed for ARM’s system-on-a-chip architecture, while its PC cousin is still around on Intel’s x86 architecture. Microsoft hasn’t said much by what this forking means for cross-platform compatibility, but Intel claims that existing apps won’t powered by Windows-on-ARM. It’s also possible, even likely, that via the time Microsoft gets around to shipping Windows 8, and Apple would have developed an emulator that lets its customers operated iOS apps on Lion.
Fact is, Microsoft has opened some other door for a competitor to encroach on an area it once owned. Microsoft officials will point out that the apple didn’t even exist two years ago and that there’s sufficient time to catch up. That combination of irrelevant fact and risky supposition misses the time. Personal computing, as of July 2011, is everything regarding mobile and tablets. And not just in an individual market. A quick glance around the room at any business conference puts to rest the idea that tablets are having minimal impact in that enterprise.
Workers are just waiting for the day they may kiss off their desktops and sciatica-inducing “portable” computers forever. With OSX Lion, Apple is building a bridge to that day by making the Mac look, feel, and smell similar to the iPad. Microsoft is taking the same tack through Windows 8. It’s just taking longer—maybe too much time.