Analyst: Windows 8 won't be a "breakout sensation"

5:54 PM, Jul 6, 2012   |    comments
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Microsoft's Windows 8

Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is only about three years old and already the computer software giant is getting ready to release its successor.

The new OS, Windows 8, has been shown extensively by Microsoft and its tile-based "Metro" interface can already be seen on devices like the Xbox 360 video game console and modern Windows-branded cellular phones.  And even though it has yet to make its official PC debut, analyst Scott Steinberg of Techsavvy Global has his two cents to share about it.

"Like Windows 7, I think it's going to be another welcomed upgrade for the operating system," Steinberg told's Barry White during a one-on-one interview.  "It's going to make it a lot more accessible, a lot more powerful, and a lot more streamlined."

While the analyst hopes it will be another success story for Microsoft, he doesn't see it as the next evolutionary step in computer operating systems -- not that the software company should be ashamed of that.

"I'm not sure it's going to be a breakout sensation," he stated.  "But I do think it will be a release that Microsoft should be proud to bring to market."

Microsoft is set to release Windows 8 to the public later this year.  Current plans state that computer manufacturers should start receiving the software for newly-built PCs as early as this month (July), and demo versions have been available as of earlier this year from Microsoft's website.

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past January, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that all Windows 7 PCs should be able to run Windows 8 upon the new OS's launch.


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