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.