Analysts at Gartner are of the opinion that the new mobile focused approach of Windows 8 will carry it through the next 20-30 years.
Mobile Focused Windows 8 Marks Beginning Of A New Era
According to the researchers and analysts at Gartner, Microsoft’s recent shift to supporting mobile devices like tablets and smartphones over desktops and traditional PC marks a new era in computing. And this approach is believed to stay relevant for at least the next 20 to 30 years. Boiled down to the bare essentials, Microsoft’s new programming model called the WinRT that helps it create more mobile apps, will make sure that Microsoft is relevant in the mobile world for a long time to come, according to the Gartner report.
Michael Silver, the vice president and an analyst at Gartner, said in a press release Microsoft’s response to market demands with their new programming API (Application Programming Interface) that helps developers create solutions for everything from phones to servers is what Windows 8 marks the beginnings of.
The Gartner report actually focused on the fact that enterprises will take as much as 10 years to fully move over to WinRT. However, it also does mention that once the move is successful, it will stay that away for two or even three more decades to come.
For those who are new to this, WinRT stands for Windows RunTime. It is what the new Metro side of Windows 8 is based on and it is aimed at simplifying programming for developers. Also, it is to be noted that WinRT is a core part of Windows 8 and is not the same as Windows RT. Windows RT is an operating system that is built on top of WinRT. Hence the ‘RT’ in the name.
With the new official announcements and the new leaks and rumors surrounding Windows 8, the excitement around Windows 8 is almost feverish now. For many, it is too drastic a shift but critics have mostly been positive about Windows 8 and its proposed direction forward for the Windows operating system.