Touching the Future

September 25, 2011

What does the entire mainstream computing world currently have in common?

It is moving towards a touchscreen environment.

Ubuntu and Unity

Microsoft and Windows 8

Apple and iOS / Lion

The final piece in the puzzle was the developer release of Windows 8 recently.

Big bold buttons are common place throughout the three.  Fingers at the ready.  Or should it be ready for the fingers.

Windows 8 is a horrible desktop Operating System, at least in my opinion after playing with it for a while.  There is simplified and just simple.  What works on a tablet doesn’t translate to the desktop environment as it stands right now.  Windows phone 7 and Windows 8 seem to be stepping towards each other and a merger.

Ubuntu and Unity (Ew) has laid it’s cards on the table.  I mention Ubuntu as the linux contingent simply because it is the distro new users gravitate to for the most part, although Linux Mint is definitely catching up in my opinion.  More big icons et al.  It will be interesting to see if anyone wants Unity on hardware other than the Desktop.

iOS, the best of the bunch, simply because it is currently only on touch screen based devices!  The release of Lion signifies Apple’s road map to unification between Lion and iOS.

Unity and Windows simply don’t have the history with touch screen devices so are trying to play catch up with Apple and it shows.  The jumps are just too much too soon.  It is a change to a desktop environment mashed up with parts of a touchscreen OS and simply doesn’t work.

Will touch screen devices ever take the place of desktop environments completely?  I don’t think so, but it will be interesting to see how things progress from here.  Windows user base means it won’t take the hit Unity might and Apple seems to have it’s future planned and nailed down pretty well.