As Windows 8 Surfaces Will Consumerized IT and the Workplace Finally Unite?

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For those who are tired of drawing the line between IT used at work and their personal devices, Microsoft 8 may be the solution. Could this new operating system finally unite the world of business and consumerized IT? 

This summer the craze over consumer mobile devices has reached an all-time high, as every major contender rolled up their sleeves and entered the ring in hopes of offering something more awe-inspiring than the rest. Among the challengers was an unexpected latecomer, Microsoft, with an interesting offering: the Surface tablet. Though the introduction of the Surface signals Microsoft’s full emersion into the consumer IT game, I predict Windows 8 will be the real ace up Microsoft’s sleeve. This new unified platform may be the answer to the prayers of technology users (and their frazzled administrators) by providing a link between the consumerized products they love and workplace IT.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

For a long while now, many of us have held a love-hate relationship with the consumer IT products we purchase and our attempts to utilize them in the workplace. Though they are insanely attractive and obviously useful, many of us have found ourselves ramming our heads against the stone wall of opposition workplace IT poses as we seek to mesh pleasure and productivity, right within the palm of our hand.

Thanks to Apple computers, more and more people are joining ranks of the BYOD to work movement, and IT teams are hard-pressed to keep unauthorized use from taking place.

After all, it just makes sense.

The fast-paced world in which we live and work makes time our most precious commodity, and squeezing every ounce of productivity we can out of each minute of our days has become the rule rather than the exception. Having access to our work wherever we is a near necessity and, thus, the driving force behind BOYD. Additionally, businesses save a bundle in new equipment with employees ready and willing to purchase and utilize their own devices.  Though anyone can see the implications BYOD holds for increasing productivity and profits, it has become increasingly obvious that consumerized products and workplace IT were never designed to interact. This leads us to wonder then, when IT will get with the program and streamline it all? Why does everything have to be so difficult? Can’t we just get along?  Enter Windows 8.

While Apple has not listened to my complaints ...

The Microsoft Solution

The new Windows 8 platform is geared to work on all devices from phones to tablets, PCs and gaming machines. If pulled off properly, Windows 8 will finally unite consumerized IT and the workplace. This would be a killer checkmate for Microsoft and its users, increasing usefulness and productivity of every device.

In my mind, no other company is better positioned to attempt such a feat. Microsoft has held the corner market on business and government IT by offering the most well recognized and widely used computer platform in combination with epic productivity programs like the Office Suite. It makes sense for Microsoft to play to their strength and offer a platform for all devices.  Though it has yet to receive the attention that Android and Apple devices have garnered, the Windows 7 Phone it has proven itself to be the most stable mobile platform users can get their hands on, making it an ideal choice for business users. Additionally, Microsoft is well aquatinted with issues of security businesses and government face and continues working tirelessly to increase security and accessibility though cloud storage, updated backup systems and a portable USB platform.

 

The Future is Now

It is clear Microsoft had this union in mind all along and I have to hand it to them; it is a brilliant strategy. Though Microsoft will have its hands full coming up with a way to increase consumer engagement while keeping products affordable, if they are successful, we may soon find ourselves getting a lot more done at work, home or wherever we may roam.

*Featured image source: http://www.bgr.com/2012/06/18/microsoft-surface-tablet-launch/