Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is one company that is trying to straddle the line between the PC experience and the tablet world with its Windows 8 operating system, which is due out in late October. One developer who has several months’ experience working with the OS says that puts Microsoft in a great position – to not be labeled due to the OS’s hybrid nature. This might just lead to an easy transition from Windows 7 and XP users, plus could make for a nice platform for those who have already gotten used to the touchscreen tablet interface experience.
Can Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) make enough of an impact in the mobile space (tablets and smartphones) with this new OS to make itself a vialbe third option to the iOS from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the Android from Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG). One developer spoke out this week and said “this is exactly what Microsoft needs,” according to Givit developer Greg Kostello. Windows 8 looks to be so different not only from previous Windows incarnations, but even different from nost operating systems in the market – as evidenced by the unveiling of hybrid laptop-tablet devices that would run Windows 8.
“It is much more like an iPad experience,” Kostello said. “But it is an interesting combination now having played with Windows 8 for [several] months. I find myself using both the keyboard and mouse interface and the touch interface when I have a device that supports both. The mouse gives you a lot of precision that you’re fingertip does not. … I think what Microsoft tried to do was to blend the best of both worlds, giving you the ability to use your mouse if you like but to migrate to a touch interface if you like. And I think they’ve done a fine job of blending those two together.”
Could Windows 8 just be the “bridge” OS that will help longtime Windows users make the transition to a more mobile, touchscreen interface n order to make the move to a future Windows OS? Whatever the case, Kostello is one definite fan of the new Windows by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
“I’ve been developing for the Web or for Apple and Android products for quite some time, but for me this is the most exciting thing that Microsoft has done in a long time. The last time you saw something this exciting was when they came out with Kinect, and I think that Microsoft is trying something new.”
If that endorsement means anything, it could be an exciting time not only for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) but for investors in the stock, like hedge-fund manager Seth Klarman of Baupost Group.