I recently read a post by Paul Thurrott over at Windows IT Pro and it dawned on me that everyone loves to hate Windows. Even I love to hate Windows and it has been a part of my everyday life since the early 90's. There is some strange satisfaction in complaining about it. Water cooler talk about how I'm being pushed out of my comfort zone for no good apparent reason. I finally know where everything is in Windows 7 and now I'm forced upon Windows 8? The nerve!
I've been using Windows 8 for several weeks now, and you know what? I kind of like it. No -- I really like it! Sure, the UI takes a little time to adjust and I still miss the start button. But, I'm starting to see why it has been designed this way. Could all this Microsoft hate be me and my stubborn ways?
Microsoft has taken a bold step in the way we compute (and a huge gamble.) They have merged the tablet (iPad) with the computer (laptop and desktop.) Even innovative Apple has never tried to merge their PC's with the iPad. The Surface Pro will sell for a starting price of around $899 when it is released in the first quarter of 2013. Compared to what most consumers are currently purchasing: A sub-standard laptop from WalMart ($299) and a base iPad ($499.) For around the same price, you can have both devices in one package.
I love my iPad dearly, but I don't think I could accomplish everything that needs to be done on it. I can't wait to try the Microsoft Surface Pro. I will be able to log in locally with my personal account or log in to my Enterprise network to work. Combine that with Office 365 and I may have no need for any other device (desktop, laptop or tablet.) And as the apps continue to grow and I will have more and more choices for productivity and entertainment. I may even trade my beloved iPhone for one of the new Windows 8 phones and make it a complete package.
Changes are currently in motion that make IT guys like me giddy! Watch as history is made.