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The future of operating systems may be more like smartphones

by Published: Feb 23, 2012

When it comes to your next upgrade for your com­puter, it will remind you more of the device that you carry with you every day of the week. Apple’s new OS X 10.8, named Mountain Lion, as well as Microsoft’s Windows 8, are both in devel­op­ment and share inter­face and appli­ca­tions that mimic our cell phones today.

OS X 10.8 is a depar­ture from the pre­vi­ous ver­sions of the oper­at­ing sys­tem in that they dropped the pre­fix “Mac” which denotes their shift away from what is famil­iar with desk­tops and lap­tops. The addi­tion of Notification Center and iMes­sage makes the new ver­sion of OS X not much unlike that of iOS in use on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Windows 8 appears vastly dif­fer­ent in their inter­face by using the design of their mobile OS Windows Phone. Revolving around large typog­ra­phy, it also works on the prin­ci­ple of being more use­able with touch screens and less made for the com­put­ers of today.

Both sys­tem are still in devel­op­ment, but they both sig­nal a merg­ing of tech­nol­ogy between what our phones and com­put­ers are. With cell phones becom­ing more and more pow­er­ful in their pro­cess­ing abil­i­ties while still main­tain­ing bat­tery life, the gap between what a com­put­ers can do and what a phone can do is shrink­ing. And with a merg­ing of the hard­ware gap, the soft­ware is also catch­ing up. n