In February, I contributed to the 2.67 percent of all global traffic accessing the Internet through Microsoft's latest Windows 8 operating system (OS), after purchasing a Surface Pro tablet with touch screen. Adoption grew that month from 2.26 percent in January, according to web tracker NetApplications, which jumped 1.72 percent in December 2012, sequentially.
While Windows 8 now sits in fourth place just behind Windows 7 at 44.55 percent, Windows XP at 38.99 percent and Windows Vista at 5.17 percent, the slight sequential rise last month points to changes in the electronics industry that will inevitably occur through a more intuitive OS. It will change the electronics industry and its manufacturing supply chain through touch.
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that comes with design and sourcing issues, which some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.