A few weeks back, Microsoft provided a glimpse at their new Windows 8 operating system. One of the most notable features was the new user interface.
Windows 8 will feature Microsoft’s Metro user interface. Users of the company’s Zune and Windows Phone 7 products should feel right at home since this is the user interface they have grown accustomed to. On the surface, this demonstrates how Microsoft is attempting to make their flagship operating system touch and gesture friendly for tablets.
Beneath the surface, however, this highlights a much bigger developing trend: the blurring of lines between endpoints. This is of paramount significance to enterprise IT departments.
Why? Because enterprise IT is wired to look at the devices based on the form factor. By default, they tend to put desktops and laptops, and their associated applications and data in one bucket, and mobile devices, mobile apps and mobile data in another bucket. Recent changes in...