In order seriously compete in the tablet market, Microsoft completely overhauled its operating system and mimicked the Start ‘screen’ of Windows Phone for its the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. It also imitated Windows Phone’s sleek fonts and boasts application tiles that look nothing like its predecessor Windows 7.

If it were just for the mobile competition, Microsoft is a genius. However, it’s supposed to be a dual operating system that has to work in both desktops and tablets. Can Microsoft successfully make it work in two devices? Or was the media hype all for nothing?

On top of whether Microsoft can actually make Windows 8 work or not, there’s also the problem of going all ‘metro.’ The new image of Windows 8 is supposed to be somewhat urbane and they are contemplating of redoing the look of Microsoft’s other offerings as well such as Office.

“We are rethinking and working hard on what it would mean to do Office Metro-style,” says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “The question is Metro interface for Office. How critical is it to Windows 8 adoption to have software that takes full advantage of Office with Metro?” he added.

Microsoft will be using HTML5 and JavaScript for extensions and applications for Windows 8, and it will be using the same language for Office 15. Office and Windows are two separate matters, function-wise. However, if you think about it closely, they are interoperable.

It would be nice to see everything metro-ified from Office to Outlook and the cloud-based Office 365. Microsoft seems to be working really hard transforming its image, and actually, it’s not something that has just been started recently. They have been at this whole makeover dealing since last year, initially with Microsoft’s website.

Implementing the metro look is no easy feat. If Microsoft continues to consider metro as the future image of the company’s products and services, giving Windows a remodel is going to challenge its developers.

If Microsoft manages to pull it off with the least productivity compromise, it’s surely going to get back what it originally owns and give Apple a tough time.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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