As we look back on 2012 there are 2 big stories.
The highlight for the year is the growth in the sales of tablets which are expected to top 122 million according to IDC
The other is Windows 8 trying to establish itself as the operating system of choice.
We saw 3 iPads this year from Apple , tablets from Google , Samsung , other manufacturers and of course the Microsoft Surface , their first computer.
Tablet users who truly understand how to use their device know that they can get the vast majority of their work achieved with their device and a knowledge of how to use the cloud.
In 2012 the tablet moved from content consumption to content creation.
In 2013 we look for the release of Office for tablets which has been widely rumoured and will be the app that defines the catagory in the workplace.
2012 saw the introduction of the highly anticipated Windows 8
Microsoft decided to introduce a touch based operating system for computers and tablets , whether you had a touch based computer or not.
Windows 7 was the best operating system Microsoft had produced and while there are many things to like about Windows 8 , security for one , the learning curve and the implementation of a touch based operating system on a traditional computer appears too much for some people. Even the head of Windows Product Development claims it takes a couple of weeks to get used to it.
Computer and laptop sales have stagnated in recent years and with the rise of netbooks , Windows 8 has proved not an incitement to get people to buy a new computer but it is gaining traction.
Consumers and businesses appear reluctant to change and in business changes to operating systems takes time but consumers should take the time to learn the benefits.
If speculation is to be believed Microsoft will release a new version of Windows every year – Windows Blue.
Lets remember Microsoft is not a software company anymore , it is a “devices and services” company and as their range of computers , software and hardware grows so will the acceptance of changes to the operating system.
From a personal point of view the more I use windows 8 the more I like it.