Microsoft’s latest update to Windows 8 could be a foreshadowing of things to come for PC, forever changing the way we look at personal computers we’ve known and loved for more than a decade. As it turns out, the Windows Blue update will include a lot of items that maximize the “touch” aspect of the latest Windows operating system. Some of the features available only to the desktop setting will now be integrated with the touch-based persona of the Windows 8, and this could ultimately spell the end of the “desktop” that we’re all familiar with.
What happens to the desktop?
Judging from how they handled their latest offerings, the Windows 8 and Windows RT, it is possible that they will abandon the desktop aspect of the modern PC without any regrets. They were able to integrate two separate interfaces in a single device, proving that they can create an equally competent machine even without the desktop. The tiled, mobile-looking UI they’ve released for the Windows 8 and Windows RT shows that Microsoft is able to adapt to the changing needs and tastes of the consumers. It also blends well with their Windows Phone OS, which is no doubt the “inspiration” of the Windows 8 redesign. Abandoning the desktop altogether means they’re streamlining their brand, much like how Apple is with their iOS devices and their Macs. The desktop look paved the way for the improvements in all computer operating systems, but with the way things are going in the tech world, it now seems old, tired, and outdated.
Why fix what’s not broken?
For most of us, it would really be hard to accept the fact that the desktop feature is nearing its final days. Windows dominated the computer scene for such a long time, so moving forward and scrapping it off all of a sudden would really be surprising. There’s nothing wrong with desktop; in fact, it’s one of the best things that happened with computers. Users were given a blank space in their computer, a base for all their computer activities. With the desktop, you could go dumb, run wild, and roam free—it’s a blank slate that newbies and experts can all appreciate. It took away the need to learn to code, or memorize directories and paths. Indeed, the desktop is not broken; unfortunately, it is old.
At present, people learn to use the computer and other similar devices at a very young age, unlike before when we have to wait for the first or second grade before we’re allowed to even stare at computer monitors. The youth are tech savvy, and that’s perhaps the biggest blow to the desktop. People nowadays can navigate through programs and apps without any problems, and blank space feature would just get in their way of “experiencing” technology. The tiled user interface of the new Windows operating system appeals to this generation’s computer proficiency because they’re taken directly to the programs they want to run without any hassle. They don’t need to line-up their files and shortcuts on a blank page because they already know where they can find it.
Technology really is a fickle-minded bleep, easily changing without any warnings. The Internet and RingCentral has brought us a lot of good things, like online banking, VoIP calls, and mobile computing. But it could also change in an instant, and some of the things that we’ve come to know and love would be gone. We are lucky to have enjoyed using the desktop, but I guess it is time to rest the laurels for this one and just accept the fact that all good things must come to an end. Time’s up for the desktop, and we can’t do anything about it.