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Windows 8 to Change Computing Landscape

By Bryan Chan - on 27 Jun 2012, 9:54am

Windows 8 to Change Computing Landscape

IT research and advisory company Gartner has analyzed that the introduction of Microsoft’s Windows 8 will mark the beginning of the WinRT (Windows Runtime) computing era. The combination of the WinRT programming model, a new user interface, and legacy WinNT support will allow users to continue running their Win32 programs alongside new WinRT apps.

Gartner analysts said that WinRT is a new platform designed to keep Microsoft relevant in a future that will be dominated by mobile devices. Michael Silver, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner said, “Windows 8 is the start of Microsoft’s effort to respond to market demands and competitors, as it provides a common interface and programming API set from phones to servers. Microsoft will continue to support Win32, but it will encourage developers to write more manageable and engaging applications using WinRT.”

Steve Kleyhans, Vice President for Client and Mobile Computing for Gartner said, “ Windows 8 is more than a major upgrade to Windows – it’s a technology shift. We don’t see technology shifts too often; the only other one Microsoft’s client OS has gone through was the move from DOS technology to Windows NT technology, which began in 1993 and took eight years, ending with the introduction of Windows XP in 2001.”

Gartner believes that Win32 and the Windows Desktop will become less strategic over time. Most business users who adopt Windows 8 through to 2015 will spend most of their time in the desktop running Win32 applications and the desktop browser. However, by 2020, analysts believe enterprise end users will spend less than 10 percent of their time in Win32 applications. Most applications will be run from Metro. Eventually, most Win32 desktop applications are likely to be run using server-based computing or hosted virtual desktops.

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