Convergence. It is not always on. Or recommended. Microsoft might have tried this philosophy on for size a couple of years back, but the company has clearly changed gears now.

It would be harsh to call this a sudden reverse. It isn’t.

But all signs point to the fact that Redmond is aware of what the market dynamics are, and is ready and willing to respond to them accordingly. This detailed report by Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNet talks about the second update for Windows 8.1 that is reportedly slated for an August release.

And it appears to be way for the company to revise and optimize the user interface of the OS and make a clear differentiation between PC users and those that rock tablets and other such touch devices.

One size does not fit all, hallelujah!

Google is trying on two different shoes (Android and Chrome OS), Apple is juggling two items (iOS and Mac OS), and Microsoft it seems has finally learned the trick.

That is not to say that there will be major differences between the two versions of Windows.

The desktop oriented version (x86 and x64 version) will still remain what it is, a fully featured platform. While the soon to be unified flavor for small tablets and smartphones would forgo the desktop in favor of a lean and mean, touch first, Windows experience.

But the key point here is that Redmond is trying to be aggressive with these updates.

And that, at least, should be enough to please everyone. No one likes a company that rests on its laurels. Surely, not a company as crucial as Microsoft.

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  1. Dominico-James Black Eagle Hod / April 22, 2014 at 11:10 am /Reply

    On laptops (non convertible or hybrid) and desktops- boot straight into the desktop but keep the start screen. On tablets and hybrids- boot to the start screen. With tablets- lock out the desktop like it doesn’t exist. This way you have the same operating system with the same underlying code, but with proper form factor experiences.

  2. This is already the case. The only real issue is that desktop should probably be disabled on tablets outside of the Surface Pro. It’s as simple as choosing which interface to prefer. I’m really having a hard time understanding people’s problems with features they can ignore or disable

    • Agree with the last part. If you have a choice, it’s hard to complain. As a consumer, that’s all you can ask for. Choices are fine. Microsoft is doing what all other companies are doing.

  3. Macpaul Emeka Ekwueme / April 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm /Reply

    Hmmm! I don’t think it’ll be a good idea to lock out the desktop. Just the ability to decide to enable it or not at initial setup or anytime will be more reasonable. The default should be to disable on tablet. Some people with tablets might still need access to their legacy softwares. Isn’t that one of the advantages of using a windows tablet?

  4. Smart at this point. It’s been demonstrated that there are two separate markets at this point, so Microsoft should treat it that way. I will say that there’s a chance it blends into the same markets years down the road as technology gets better.

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