I’ve said before that I am of the opinion that the success or at least greater interest in the Windows Phone platform is connected to Microsoft’s release of their Windows 8 Platform.
For now, it seems that I’m correct, but don’t get too excited, this is simply the interest stage. The success of either platforms is yet to be seen. There are many people in the blogosphere who are already predicting a horrible failure for Windows 8.
Me? I think it will be successful either way, but I definitely think that it’s success will be hastened if MS can properly shepherd its users across the UX (User eXperience) bridge that is the jump between Windows 7 (and windows XP!!) to Windows 8.
I think that it will be a mistake not to at least make it optional for Desktop users to (1) default to the “classic” windows desktop and! make have a Windows Start button. But even so, I think that if users give the Metro UI a chance, they’ll notice that it grows on them quite quickly.
Again, this is just one of those things that we’ll have to watch play out. This article addresses some of the positives, but fails to talk about the negative “noise” in the industry about both these platform … it was still a good read though.