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Apollo to rejuvenate Windows 8

Posted in Computing and Operating Systems by Manas Ganguly on April 11, 2011

Microsoft’s awkwardness with the new age computing paradigm and touch based devices: Smartphones and Tablets, will possibly be history sooner as the software giant is betting all its abilities to churn out more swanky OSs and UIs. Windows 7 was appreciated for having cut the umbilical chord in designing the WP 7 from ground up without any legacy hangovers.

Enter the next version, Windows Phone 8 codenamed Apollo. Cross-platform operating systems seem to be the name of the coming game. And all indications seem to be that Microsoft is readying its own response.

Various features of the early build of Windows 8 includes an Office-style ribbon integrated into Windows Explorer, complete with tools for viewing libraries, manipulating images and managing drive assets; an unlock screen that changes to the “Metro” design style already present in Windows Phone 7; an “immersive” user interface and a built-in PDF reader called “Modern Reader.” Apollo also features the Appx. AppX is a new type of packaged application model in Windows 8, and it very closely resembles Windows Phone 7 application packages. Windows Phone 7 aggregates applications and Web content into a set of subject-specific Hubs, differentiating itself from the grid-like screens of individual apps prevalent in iPhone and Android. Apps would be common to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 providing developers with a way to write applications that target and can transition between a variety of devices, including traditional PCs, tablets, and phones. Thus, Windows Phone would closely intermesh with the mother-ship Windows franchise.

The next version of the operating system to support SoC (system-on-a-chip) architecture, in particular ARM-based systems from partners such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instruments. In turn, that would give Microsoft increased leverage for porting Windows onto tablets and more mobile form-factors, currently the prime market for ARM offerings

Microsoft’s tie up with Nokia is also being seen as a multiplier for Windows even though not many are convinced that the WP solution for Nokia is the most ideal solution for Nokia. The early pointers to the multiplier effects for WP from the Nokia deal are already visible as Gartner has announced that WP will become the no.2 OS by 2015-16 time frame. I suppose these are all indicators to the fact that WP is finally out of the woods…

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