Gartner: Windows 8 is a risky game for Microsoft


The risk must Microsoft, if the company in a world of modern mobile devices continue to play a relevant role, said Gartner analyst Michael Silver. The new Windows 8 Microsoft has announced for October 26. "When the personal computer dominated computing as the only device for news, Internet access, games and productive tools, Windows was the powerhouse for Microsoft, " said Silver. "Meanwhile, smartphones and tablets, led by iPhone and iPad, have changed the way people work, making the PC one of many devices."

With Windows 8, the company has completely redesigned its operating system and set it up technologically to a new footprint for tablet computing. Windows 8 is therefore not simply a new version of the system with small or large changes, said Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans. "It's the start of a new era for Microsoft, the RT era." The name suffix RT distinguishes the version of Windows 8, which runs for the first time also on tablets, which are operated with an ARM-based processor.

Windows and Office are traditionally the pillars of Microsoft's business. Radical changes to the products are very risky as they could shatter the confidence of big customers. In addition, the new surface in the tile design and initially missing start button on the home page is probably one of the most controversial decisions Microsoft. Although the touch-sensitive surface fits well on new devices such as tablets, convertibles or hybrid devices, it may often confuse users of conventional computers.

  1. The first place when it comes to the configuration of the home screen
    In the PC settings, background pattern and color scheme can be selected - the use of a separate image is not provided here.
  2. Important tip
    If programs are used to change the startup screen that manipulate the system, a restore point should be set beforehand.
  3. The new right-click
    If a tile has been selected in one of the different ways (finger, mouse or keyboard), different options are displayed - here it can only be reduced or removed from the start screen.
  4. Even the marking of several tiles works
    Then only the options that are available for all marked tiles are displayed!
  5. Many possibilities
    If a system-related program is hidden behind a tile, then there are also further settings or start variants available.
  6. So the tile of an app comes back to the start screen
    Select from "All Apps" and then make it available again with "Attach to Start".
  7. Also goes from Windows Explorer
    For example, the tiles can also be attached to the start screen for folders directly from the context menu.
  8. So it's a new group
    If the user places a tile on a free area, Windows 8 shows that a new group of tiles is created here.
  9. Now the groups can be edited and moved
    After clicking on the minus sign, the tiles are not only reduced, but can also be edited and named by group.
  10. The first step to the "Shut Down" tile
    Creating a shortcut works in the usual way on the desktop.
  11. The place where all shortcuts for the Home screen are located
    In the directory "Programs" can be written here but only with administrator rights.
  12. The final step
    The shortcut will be pinned to the home screen as a tile.
  13. Home screen with own content
    In addition to the self-created group with appropriate programs and shortcuts, there is now also the own tile for quickly turning off the Windows 8 computer.

If Windows 8 is successful on tablets, it could significantly boost the use of tablets in companies and organizations. However, many large customers are still in the process of converting the workstations from Windows XP to Windows 7. "Organizations will have to decide whether to continue working with Windows 7 or migrating to Windows 8, " Silver continued. (Dpa / tc)