Last month we brought you the news that Microsoft had made their next operating system Windows 8 official with a 2012 release date. The new OS was shown to the world for the first time recently, but it will be the apps that matter in the Windows 8 release.
According to an article by Harry McCracken of PCWorld people use operating systems to get stuff done, and for most of it is done with applications. When Windows 8 finally becomes available it will be the applications it has that really matters.
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When Window’s 8 was demoed the subject of Office was brought up, and Julie Larson-Green of Windows said the team “may do some things in the future”. Green did say that the current version of Office would work in a touch friendly way with Windows 8; but it won’t feel like it’s been written for the OS.
This will probably mean that Microsoft will redesign Office for the Windows 8, but whether they make it a truly touch interface remains to be seen. They may do something similar to Apple and its iWork suite, and have a different version with less features and a new interface.
If there are a few really good applications ready for Windows 8 it could make all the difference, but if there is a shortage it could drag the OS down.