Microsoft recently announced the newest version of Windows, which is unsurprisingly named “Windows 8.” It’s a far cry from Windows 7, and sends a very loud message: Microsoft believes that mobile, touch-based computing is the future.
So, what does this mean for business? I know what many businesses are thinking, “Will our current apps and software work with Windows 8?” It’s a great question that leads to a larger issue: Companies that buy OS-specific software limit their options in the future. Think about it: If I buy software that only runs on Windows XP, I can’t upgrade to Windows 8. I’d have to ditch that old software and get new software…which would be expensive and time-consuming.
How do you avoid these problems? Web-based apps and software companies that rely on web-based software and applications aren’t limited by platforms or operating systems. A new operating system doesn’t phase them because their apps work everywhere.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.