Determined to make Windows 8 work no matter what it took, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) may have given users a reason to get on board. The company is rolling out improvements that give devices running its maligned OS better performance and more apps while offering more affordable ways to use the system. Taken together, there are reasons to believe Windows 8 could be more successful than anyone expected.
Windows 8 apologists have remarked that the OS’s touch screen options are its best features, so Microsoft has planned to get more devices with touch screens out to users. As for the battery problems found in some of the laptops and tablets, the company believes the issues will be solved when Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) Haswell chips come out in laptops later in the year. As for user interface issues, the biggest problem of all for Windows 8, Microsoft has unveiled updates, known as Windows 8.1, which address several of the critics’ concerns.
Most importantly, Microsoft is making sure lower priced devices running Windows 8 become available to consumers in the coming months. Between a Haswell-enabled Ultrabook for $599 and other tablets for half that price, huge numbers of consumers will consider giving Microsoft’s latest OS a second look.