The year 2011 was not a good year for the traditional PC technology. The broader acceptance of smartphones and tablets in the year led to the downfall of giant companies like Microsoft. Smartphones sales topped those of PCs and mobile devices in the year 2011. The competition between Apple and Microsoft seems to be building more and in 2012 it is expected to get a lot more heat as Microsoft plans to release its latest O.S Windows 8.
With the release of Windows 8 the company’s stocks are expected to finally pick up this year according to a report from Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund. However the demands for PCs will likely trough in the first quarter but it is predicted that the sales will accelerate and perhaps 18 percent growth will be seen by the fourth quarter.
Windows 8 is going to drive a new phase of innovation in the PC market which hasn’t been seen over the past few years. Criticizing Microsoft for its design, "They have absolutely no taste. And I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don't think of original ideas, and they don't bring much culture into their products”, said the Founder of Apple, Steve Jobs.
According to Microsoft, The upcoming version of Windows is going to be a revolutionary product as it is going to have both taste and culture. They claim that the upcoming product is not only changing the outlook of the company but also its philosophy. The Windows phone which is going to use the company’s metro interface is going to have cutting edge graphics and design that it is going to make the iPhone seem outdated.
Windows 8 the latest version of Microsoft’s world dominating PC software is releasing this year, which according to Microsoft has been given a metro look. The only worry is that Microsoft has discovered the power of good taste and designs maybe a bit too late as the former head of Apple said:
"The ground is shifting under Microsoft, The world will no longer be PC-centric. We will see growing numbers of smartphones and tablets and we as users will spend more time on these devices. PCs will be reserved for the tasks of content creation.”