The second half of 2013 is lining up to be nothing short of incredible. The list of new consumer and business products hasn’t been this extensive in years. It’s a fantastic time to be in the technology business. Here’s a couple specific things I’m looking forward to:
Microsoft is releasing Windows 8.1 on October 17th. (Rumor has it Microsoft knew this was my birthday.) I’m both excited and nervous about this update. Many of our customers (and the industry) skipped Windows 8, but will likely deploy 8.1. This will force people to learn the new interface – a potentially frustrating experience which can sometimes be taken out on the IT department.
Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade for anyone already using Windows 8. While the Start Screen and lack of start menu is still very controversial, there are some great underlying features that make this version of Windows a great upgrade over Windows 7. Being a member of the tech community, I’m equally excited about the updated Server 2012 R2 software as well.
Apple is set to release iOS 7 for iPhones and (probably) iPads this fall. This is the first complete redesign of the OS since the iPhone was originally released in 2007. People running the beta have mixed reviews. I haven’t gotten my hands on it but as a longtime iPhone user, I’m pretty excited for a new look. I can’t help but feel Apple has got some catching up to do with Android. Apple’s also releasing an updated desktop operating system – OS X Mavericks.
The usual iPhone rumors are circling and we’ll almost certainly see one, if not two, new iPhones during Apple’s September 10th media event. We’ll likely see an iPhone 5s and possibly an inexpensive iPhone designed for developing countries. I personally won’t see either for a while as Verizon has me good and locked up on my iPhone 5 for a while.
Microsoft and Sony are both set to release new game systems – XBox One and the PlayStation 4. Both systems will support several multimedia features. The Xbox One, as odd as it seems, could make a good system for business conference rooms. It supports a technology to wirelessly shoot your laptop screen to it, as well as integrated Skype.
What are you most excited about? Leave a comment below.