I have been following the news coming out of Microsoft’s TechEd conference closely. I was scheduled to attend the event but family circumstances altered my plan. There are a host of things that are of interest to me regarding Windows 8. Not everything I am interested in will be addressed until much closer to launch but it has been interesting to see the major messages around their next major software release at their TechEd conference.
The more I study the trends in the industry the more I am convinced that Microsoft’s future depends on them becoming a hardware agnostic software company. Throughout most of Microsoft’s history, all their major innovations and value have been strictly limited to companies who licence their software platform Windows. This worked in a Windows dominated world but with the role of smartphones, tablets, and even shifting tides in notebooks / desktops, it is clearly no longer a Windows dominated world. I don’t personally believe we will see a Windows dominated world again the way we did as the computing industry was maturing.