Last month we attended the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto (WPC 2012). At this event we received our annual dose of Microsoft information and were able to get an update on their future plans. One of the key items that received a lot of attention is the upcoming release of the new Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft is making preparations for its biggest ever software launch which is scheduled for October 2012. From what we saw this new operating system will certainly turn heads once it’s released. One of the appealing things with Windows 8 is that it will be released on multiple device platforms, meaning desktop, laptop and tablet devices would all share the same interface. With Windows XP support stopping soon Windows 8 should provide an excellent platform for businesses in the next few years.
Another highlight at the conference was the new Windows Phone 8 device that is also scheduled to be released later this year. It presents a user interface that looks similar to Windows 8 with built-in robust integration with Exchange, Office 365, SkyDrive, Lync, OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many other business applications. Combine this with some really powerful hardware by companies like Nokia we feel this may very well be the next standard in business ready smartphones.
The conference also showcased the next server operating system called Windows Server 2012, due out this fall. With its enhanced virtualization and storage performance Windows Server is sure to remain as the industry standard choice for most business servers.
Interested in hearing more about the latest Microsoft technologies or how some of these can benefit your company? Give us a call. We would be more than willing to discuss this with you.