The Verge has just posted an extensive review of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system, giving it an overall score of 8.8 out of 10. The review notes that while Windows 8 is a beautiful operating system, a lot of its success will depend on developers showing an interest in the platform.
The review lists “touch-friendly interface with Live Tiles, enables tablet and laptop hybrids, free streaming music from Xbox Music” and “solid improvements in Desktop mode” as the positives about Windows 8, while “a steep learning curve, a lack of Windows 8 style apps, awkward to control with traditional keyboards and mice” and “no true windowing on Windows 8 style apps, full-screen” are listed as negatives.
Windows 8 is a beautiful operating system and one that feels incredibly personal once it’s customized. Microsoft has a huge fight on its hands now to ensure developers create beautiful apps. Some of the best Android and iOS apps are created by organizations or individuals who have showed little interest in Microsoft. If the software maker can change people’s perceptions of Windows, from viruses to bluescreens, into one of speed and style then the apps will flow and Microsoft has a hit on its hands. If innovative developers ignore Windows 8 then Microsoft’s cash cow faces an uncertain future. Microsoft has laid down some solid foundations here, but as Ballmer has said many times before, it’s developers, developers, developers.