Second chances are quite rare in this fast paced world. But a technology titan like Microsoft can lay claim to one, right after the launch of its radically innovative operating system, Windows 8.
Figures released by IDC show reveal that Windows 8 has done little to boost PC sales — forget boost, the new operating system did not even manage to stop the bleeding, analysts say, leading to a stark 14 percent decline in PC shipments in the just first quarter of the year that just ended.
Market experts have been all too quick to blame the lack of a Start button (along with the UI changes) introduced by Microsoft in its new operating system.
IDC analyst Al Hilwa, talking to the Wall Street Journal said that Microsoft should let bygones be bygones, and instead shift its focus on the next Windows release:
“Windows 8 was about birthing a new model of applications, essentially a tablet model. Blue is the next milestone in this plan. It brings the phone and PC platform closer together and makes both more compelling.”
The next Windows release is, according to the grapevine, set to be called Windows 8.1 and is internally known as Windows Blue. Experts believe that this new update would give Redmond another strike at reigniting the faltering PC sales.
And it helps that the new OS will be out around the time Intel unleashes its Haswell lineup of CPUs.
Reports indicate that Windows Blue could see the light of day sometime this summer — anywhere between August and September — while a public beta is expected to be released in June at the BUILD developer conference.
Will the wheels of time align with Lady Luck? Not long remains, then, to find out.