According to an article in CNN Money, Microsoft is gathering their forces together and preparing to dig themselves out out the trenches of the PC world. Their strategy reportedly relies on 3 key weapons in their arsenal; Windows, XBox, and Windows Phone, along with SkyDrive and Bing as reinforcements. The cornerstone of their strategy is Windows 8, scheduled to make its debut this fall, and will reportedly showcase touchscreen integration as well as the “interactive tile-based “Metro” user interface,” introduced in 2010 for the Windows Phone 7 and ultimately incorporated into their XBox gaming system. With the additional feature of having built in cloud based services, such as Skydrive, Bing and Windows Live, Microsoft customers will be able to access all of their apps, content, search history and favorites, simply by logging onto their account.
While early consumer reviews of Microsoft 8 are relatively positive, given Microsoft’s past track record, a main concern of reviewers is “Developer” backing. According to the article, this new platform will only catch on if software designers accept it as a competitive alternative to what is currently available. According to a company spokesman, Microsoft is prepared for the long fight.