THE FUTURE OF MICROSOFT: 5 YEARS DOWN THE LINE

Microsoft has made a name for itself as a company by continually meeting the technological needs of the masses by regularly releasing new software, operating systems and peripherals that provide intuitive function and ease of use. From its very beginnings in the early 1980s, the Windows interface has come to be beloved by users of PCs for its ability to be customized and utilized by novices and tech experts alike. Windows has continued to evolve, and since the advent of Windows 95 in 1995, the operating system has become a household mainstay for those who choose to use PCs for their home computing needs.

In our technology driven society, having a computer with access to the Internet is no longer an option as much as it is a necessity. So much necessary information is stored online that having no access to the Internet at home is a massive inconvenience and a setback. Adults need computers to do work, pay bills and communicate, and kids need them for schoolwork and research projects. Microsoft has demonstrated an understanding of that by continuing to release intuitive and user friendly operating systems for desktop computers, laptop computers and tablet PCs as well as smartphones.

As technology has evolved, so has Microsoft’s software and operating systems. As tablet PCs and smartphones became popular, Microsoft released Windows 7, an operating system which could easily be used with a touch screen interface. Now that tablet PCs are dominating the market of newly purchased technology, the release of Windows 8 has provided an interface that is even more intuitive to the use of a touch screen. Windows 8 also features updated versions of old Windows standbys such as MS Paint and card games, simply for leisure. System installed programs on Windows 8 run in a fashion that is similar to an application rather than a resource intensive program, a feature that is very useful when computing with a tablet.

Technology will continue to evolve, and so will the products produced by Microsoft. Tablets will continue to dominate the market as a lightweight, portable and easy to use technology. Within the next five years, it is likely that Microsoft will release at least one new operating system. The next edition of Windows is likely to rely heavily on the use of cloud computing, featuring cloud data storage that makes the capacity for storing music, pictures, programs and other data unparalleled. It is increasingly likely that Microsoft will begin to offer its own wireless Internet plans rather than having customers go through a cellular phone service or home Internet for wireless Internet on tablets. By branching out into this business, it is likely that Microsoft will revolutionize the way that Internet service is bought and sold.

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In addition to operating system and Internet evolutions, it is likely that Microsoft will release a new version of its popular xBox console within the next 5 years. The new console will likely also rely heavily on cloud computing and feature increased capacity for multiplayer network gaming as well as improved graphics and sound for a more immersive gaming experience desired by many Microsoft gamers.

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Guest author: Andy G

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