Computer wars begin
computing. Kancherla admits the new design will present a learning curve for older users, but ‘‘ within three days of using it you’ll be proficient’’.
But Ovum chief telecoms analyst Jan Dawson says the disappearance of Windows’ mainstays, including the Start button and close boxes, could require more effort from users than Microsoft estimates.
‘‘ There are other things to adapt to also, like how do you switch from one program to another?’’ he says.
‘‘ There are standard shortcuts that will no longer work and the new ones are not obvious.
‘‘ There will be a big learning curve and thatmay turn off some users.’’
Regardless, Dawson says Microsoft’s new operating system should appeal to new users and those more accustomed to using tablets, and the rest of the computing population may simply wait to read reviews of the final products.
‘‘ It’s going to be a fresh version of Windows and they always sell pretty well,’’ he says.
‘‘ It will just be a case of whether it overtakes Windows 7 rapidly or not.’’ APPLE MOUNTAINLION [Due] This month [Price] $20.99 upgrade [New features] Dictation: Any text box will feature a microphone icon users can select to dictate messages. iMessage: Apple’s text messaging replacement will feature on Macs, letting users send text to phones. Notifications: Will appear at the top of the screen and can be managed individually. Share: This icon in programs such as Safari, Mail and Messages will allow quick Facebook posts and more. AirPlay Mirroring: This feature can transmit what is on the Mac screen to the TV screen. MICROSOFT WINDOWS 8 [Due] October [Price] $39.99 upgrade [New features] Metro: Microsoft’s new home screen layout features coloured, updating tiles. Charms menu: This main menu appears from the right of the screen and delivers Search, Share and more options. New-look apps: Photos, Mail, Weather and Finance have slick, Windows Phone-style looks. SkyDrive: New integration with Microsoft’s cloud service lets users store settings and customisations. Internet Explorer update: The web browser will let you navigate between pages with touchpad swipes.