Approaching the Fork: Part 4. Android, the ‘Newish’ Kid on the Block

In this series of posts, I’m considering and planning my future computing needs. If you’re a Windows user, you may find some of my thoughts relevant to your own situation, or perhaps not.

So far I’ve decided to stick with Windows 7 as my main desktop operating system rather than move to Windows 8. Windows 7 will continue to be supported until 2020 so at this stage there’s still plenty of time to decide and time for new players to enter the scene.

I never really felt the need to upgrade to Windows 8 as I just don’t need a touchscreen interface on my desktop PC. Besides, I’m very happy with Windows 7. Interestingly, I read just recently that HP is starting a marketing push offering Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 on new PCs. In addition, I was interested to read an article by Paul Thurrott at the end of December where he comprehensively laid out Windows problems for 2014 and beyond. What caught my eye in Thurrott’s piece was this statement:

We know that the firm (Microsoft) in embracing a “devices and services” strategy is doing so agnostically, and we’ve already seen many high-profile Microsoft apps and services show up on competing devices this past year. I’d be surprised if 2014 passed without major, full-featured versions of Office on both iOS and Android.

MS Office on Android would be a game changer for me. I need to be able to edit Word documents with tracked changes, etc and without compatibility issues, and Word on my Nexus 10 tablet would be a really nice option when I’m away from my desktop and even as a backup work option. Android is based on the Linux kernel and a relative newcomer on the block, but it really must be considered as another contender in my future computing needs. Who knows where Android will be in 2020. At CES recently, HP and Lenovo announced Android powered desktop PCs and laptops.

Aside from that, I really believe that Linux (probably Mint) could be my best option on the desktop, once I check out running MS Office in Wine on Linux. Mint has made great strides forward and is a great alternative for those wishing to move away from Windows.

What are your thoughts on your future computing platform at home and at work? Will you move to Linux at some point or are you content to stick with Windows? Are you tied to Windows at work or because you need to run proprietary software? Drop a comment below.

Here are links to the earlier posts in this series:

Approaching the Fork: Part 3. LibreOffice or OpenOffice instead of MS Word?

Approaching the Fork: Part 2. Upgrade to Windows 8 or Stay with Windows 7?

Approaching the Fork: Part 1. Windows or Linux?

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