Unfortunately, the company packed all its desktop baggage into the Windows 8 hybrid-style operating system that will run on both tablets and computers.
Microsoft introduced some features of its next software platform at the D9: All Things Digital confab Wednesday. The Windows 8 system combines the touchscreen-enabled, color-tiled look of Windows Phone 7, but it comes with the full version of Windows running in the background.
It's exactly what you'd expect from Microsoft as it tried to haul its clunky legacy forward. And ever so characteristic of Microsoft, the move is out of step with the industry, which has moved beyond the PC era.Analysts offered some mild kudos for Microsoft's belated recognition of the touchscreen revolution and the growing tablet market. But overall, the expected arrival of Windows 8 late next year represents another game-changing opportunity Microsoft has squandered. "This gives them a ticket to get back in the game, but it certainly isn't going to be enough to help them reestablish their dominance of the industry," said Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar. Microsoft says it is working with chipmakers like Intel (INTC), AMD (AMD), Nvidia (NVDA), Texas Instruments (TXN) as well as developers of the ARM (ARMH)-based processors. And the company says Windows 8 will not require new computers or system upgrades. There had been some expectations that Windows 8 would be a departure from the standard operating system evolution that Microsoft updates every three years or so. The speculation was that Microsoft would take a cue from Apple (AAPL) and design a separate, more nimble software specifically for touchscreen devices. Microsoft is expected to release more details of Windows 8 at its developers' conference in September, but investors may have seen enough already. Microsoft shares were largely unchanged early Thursday and are down 12% for the year. --Written by Scott Moritz in New York.
To contact this writer, click here: Scott Moritz, or email: email@example.com. Follow Scott on Twitter at MoritzDispatch
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
- Real Money + Doug Kass + 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV