Windows might have started out as as a twinkle in Bill Gates’ eye almost 30 years ago, but since then it’s gone on to become the most dominant operating system on the planet. Now, after a whole mess load of fanfare and an interesting last minute name swticheroo (so long Metro!), Windows 8 is finally here.
As a longtime Windows user, I have to admit that I was a little freaked out the first time I took Windows 8 for a test drive. After all, it’s a pretty radical departure from the familiar Windows desktop I grew up with, and for the first few minutes I found myself simply looking around for the Start menu. How do I open a new program? What kind of apps are built into the new interface? What’s a charm? What were these giant color tiles on the screen? What kind of illicit chemical substance had the Windows development team been huffing!?
After a little bit of trial and error though, I actually found Windows 8 to be an incredibly intuitive system. It’s fast, responsive and surprisingly easy to use. And, if you’re an old school PC-user like me, you can always switch back to the familiar Windows Desktop view. I also had the chance to try out a few Windows 8 compatible tablets, and for touch screen users, I’ve gotta say, the interface is rock solid.
So why did Microsoft create Windows 8? Why launch such a radically different operating system? To me, it isn’t just about creating something that looks pretty or tries to reinvent the wheel. Instead, it’s really a new way to address how technology is changing the way we work, play and communicate. And in that respect, I feel like the Powers-That-Be at Microsoft actually got it right.
Here at Corel, I’ve been part of a company-wide team that’s been slogging away for months getting ready for Windows 8. Our goal, however, is to be more than just Windows 8 compatible. Instead, we see Microsoft’s latest operating system as an opportunity for us to offer yet another choice for users to work the way they want. In fact, Windows 8 is really just one piece of the puzzle in our ongoing strategy to develop software and apps that integrate web, the cloud, social media, mobile devices and desktop computers.
Corel desktop software on Windows 8
So what can you expect to see from Corel in the months following the Windows 8 launch? Well, for starters we don’t want to leave anyone behind when it comes to our desktop software. That means if you’re an existing Corel user making the switch to Windows 8, you can still run the same Corel products that you ran on older versions of Windows. Of course, that’s not to say we’ll be completely ignoring new Windows 8 desktop products. In fact, in addition to having a ton of core products that are now Windows 8 compatible, we’re also creating all-new Windows 8 desktop products, like Painter Lite, a new streamlined Windows 8 version of our popular digital art software (shameless plug!).
Corel mobile apps for Windows 8
If you spend as much time as I do using a tablet or smartphone, the one thing you’re probably going to be most interested in is our apps. Corel has a number of Windows Store apps (formerly Metro apps, for anyone keeping track), coming out to coincide with the launch of Windows 8. In fact, I recently got my grubby little mitts on a copy of Corel Designs, a companion app for graphic designers that lets you use search and save images from iStockPhoto, fotolia and flickr, as well as our CorelDRAW and Painter communities.
If you’ve ever found it a massive pain in the nether region to try and convert a document to a PDF on your tablet, you’ll probably also dig the new PDF Document Writer. It lets you convert emails, images and documents into PDFs with a single tap on your Windows 8 Pro tablet screen. In addition to some of our initial Windows 8 apps, we’re also currently working away on a number of super-secret-we-could-tell-you-but-we’d-have-to-kill-you apps for our graphics, office productivity, digital media products and WinZip. Keep checking back on our apps page for more info.
For Corel, Windows 8 is an exciting time, but it’s really just the start of bigger plans we have in the works. Stay tuned, because there’s going to plenty more Corel apps for mobile devices and desktop coming out in the months ahead.
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