3 Reasons for Optimism about Windows 8’s Future

June 26, 2013

The numbers so far on migration to Windows 8 haven’t looked stellar. Many users, both in workplaces and on their home personal computers, have been slow to move over to Microsoft’s newest operating system, sticking to previous models and appearing apathetic about making the switch. Windows 8’s market share pales in comparison to that of its counterparts, most notably including Windows 7 and Windows XP.

This sluggishness in the growth of Windows 8 won’t last forever, though. Currently, the OS is struggling to crack 5 percent of the total market, but that will change in the months and years ahead, and eventually, people will learn to embrace the interface as the way computing is done.

Here are three reasons to be optimistic for Windows 8’s future.

A willingness to innovate
Daily Finance reported in May that Microsoft was working to retool its operating system in response to flagging sales numbers. After seeing a 14 percent decline in the sales of PCs, the corporation looked to scrap everything and make its software sleeker, more efficient and easier to use. Improving the experience is everything to Microsoft. By showing this dedication to a better OS, the corporation proves that it’s willing to do whatever’s needed for its users.

Embracing mobile
Specifically, one positive step that Microsoft has taken is to design an OS that’s more accommodating to mobile users. Makers of mobile devices have responded by producing gadgets that take full advantage of the interface. For example, Business Insider reported that Amazon has made an 8-inch Acer tablet that will run the full version of the new OS. As mobile technologies continue to grow in popularity, makers of tablets and other devices will further promote the growth of Windows 8.

Changes in customer service
Soon, customer service rules will dictate that people must switch over to Windows 8 or risk being left behind. Techday recently noted that Microsoft plans to end service for its Windows XP operating system by April 8, 2014. At this point, companies and individual users must decide whether to make the transition or put themselves at risk for numerous technical problems. Security shortcomings, server downtime and a lack of compatibility with software solutions are all among the potential problems that could arise. Faced with these troubles, users will have no choice but to make the move.

Windows 8 may not be dominating in the present, but it will be the operating system of the future.