This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Windows 8: Late, Lame and Still in Game

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) finally charted a course for the mobile computing frontier with Windows 8.

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:

Follow Scott on Twitter at MoritzDispatch

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
MSFT $48.98 2.00%
AAPL $131.00 -1.20%
FB $81.15 -0.93%
GOOG $554.13 -0.22%
YHOO $44.35 -0.02%


DOW 18,092.95 +54.98 0.30%
S&P 500 2,113.16 +4.24 0.20%
NASDAQ 5,058.6160 -1.63 -0.03%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs