The launch of Windows 8 later this year, along with the Windows RT version of the Microsoft Surface tablet, has certainly generated a lot of chatter in the tech industry. Today, Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president of Chrome and Apps for Google, offered up some praise and also some concerns about both Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface.
News.com reports that Pichai, speaking at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco, said the Surface tablet reveal "... is a surprising announcement to say the least." He added, "They are doing everything right in terms of messaging, but to me it's a very complicated strategy to pull off."
As far as Windows 8 itself, Pichai said:
I am excited because the Windows ecosystem is in some ways ossified, and it takes time for it to change. Windows 8 is a big disruptive thing, and that is both good and an opportunity for everyone else. One of the main concerns with Windows 8 is that it is primarily designed around touch and tablets, and it's not exactly fully clear how great of an user experience it is on a laptops and so on with Metro mode.
Of course, Google has been trying to push its own Chrome OS as an alternative to Windows, at least for notebooks. So far, sales of "Chromebooks" have not exactly been strong. Google recently launched a new version of the Chrome OS, along with a new Chromebook and a Chromebox mini-desktop from Samsung.