Owen Williams has a point when writes Windows Blue is how Windows 8 should have been from the start. He says the early preview of the updated operating system mainly pays attention to correcting the short-comings of the touch-screen, Metro aspects of Windows 8.
While some observers suspected, hoped or feared Microsoft would retreat from the touch user interface the first signs coming from Redmond are that the company plans to deepen the lurch towards touch. And the ties with Windows Phone 8 are closer than ever.
As Williams says, Windows Blue shows Microsoft is sticking to its guns. Now that’s interesting because it shows confidence in the face of a harsh critical reaction to Window 8, a slow take-up of the operating system by consumers and a glacial adoption by business users.
A few weeks ago I would have considered that arrogance or madness, not confidence, but something changed: my experience with Hewlett-Packard’s irresistible Elitepad. The device is quickly changing my view of Windows 8 – expect more on this from me in the next few days.
Windows 8 isn’t at its best on a desktop – with or without a touch screen. Moving hands from the keyboard to a large screen display and back again is an ergonomic nightmare. Windows 8 works better on a touch screen laptop, but my word, it comes into its own on a tablet – just as it does on a smartphone.
To its credit, Microsoft is moving fast with Windows Blue, the company has crunched its OS development cycle down to roughly a year. That’s good, but perhaps it would have been better to have waited for the developers to finish Windows 8 before pushing it out of the door early.