Recently computer business Microsoft announced plans to focus more on the design aspects of its PCs. Spokespeople for the company, possibly in response to the stress on design of rival computer business Apple, Inc. state that they will be offering enhanced color options, a sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing look and other features in order to get people to change their perspective on the typically business-oriented PC.
The computer business has hired a team of 20 designers to work on the new computers for the past 18 months to create a new image for the machines running Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows Vista. Microsoft hopes that the slick new design will help users overlook some of the problems Vista has experienced prior to its release. The operating system will finally reach consumers in January of 2007, many years behind schedule and without a lot of the features it was supposed to sport. The launch of the new product will be a major event in the computer business.
While Microsoft has been redesigning its hardware for many years and has created such innovative and popular designs as the Xbox game console and others, the transformation of the PC is a new level. This redesign marks a change in the computer business and the world of PCs that was once divided into companies that make important software and the other companies that run the low-end machines that ran the software.
In recent years, computer business Apple has led the industry with innovative design concepts, building a unified system for all its products, with the Mac and then the iPod. Though Apple still only sells one computer per 20 PCs, the iPod has revealed that consumers prefer a system that is uncomplicated.
The goal of the new Vista software and the new PCs is to bring together hardware design and aesthetics, which many are saying copies Apple’s motto. The computer business even plans to create a music system called Zune that will only work with its own Microsoft planned music services, much like the iPod works with the iTunes Music Store.
Microsoft is so far just using a soft sell with PC makers, but soon the computer business hopes to start selling on a larger scale, as soon as the designs are more complete and tested.
Blogged By: Joshua Feinberg