I’ve been putting together a comprehensive video review of the BUILD conference that I will roll out in the next few days.
It will talk about the behind the scenes stuff at BUILD and then talk about Windows 8 and my thoughts around it.
As I started putting that material together, I started to think of a larger question and it’s the title of this post “Does Microsoft move too slowly to ever really be a hearts and minds favorite?”.
As I think about all the stuff that Microsoft is laying out regarding the vision for Windows 8, I’m pretty impressed. I cannot tell a lie.
That’s some pretty self aware stuff. It reflects a sense of consciousness of how far behind they are PERCEIVED as being and they need to be congratulated for it.
But on the heels of an Amazon announcement tomorrow, I can’t help but wonder, despite all the sexy talk, is Microsoft still like IBM? Slow, thinking long term, resolute, thoughtful but not dynamic and sexy?
All the Windows 8 news and developments being discussed as part of BUILD are cool and all but we are talking about technology that will be beta tested NEXT YEAR.
This stuff will go through extensive testing and will then be available if we are lucky by December of 2012.
Aggressively, we can say that Windows 8 will be ready in 12 to 15 months. That is an eternity in the new age of technology. Heck amazon might be on the second generation of their tablet by then.
It feels to me that the companies that capture the imagination of the consumer are companies that move pretty fast (FaceBook, Google, Apple – the usual suspects) and they make mistakes, fail and move on.
I like Metro and the concept – the question is, by 2012 when it’s ready and polished and has to stand against Apple and Google’s new UI’s, will it seem dated?
Will it seem dated not because it is but because we have been waiting for it for one year?
Hard to tell.
These are tough questions and once again, I think Microsoft are doing the best they can for a juggernaut of their size. even as a blogger, I’m the first to admit that there aren’t always prefect answers to some of these intellectual questions.
Microsoft seem to be approaching things methodically and deliberately – often a good thing.
Just not sure it’s quick and sexy enough for people like me.