Microsoft is really trying to differentiate its upcoming Windows 8 operating system from the competition in as many ways possible. One of these is the way that you will manage your social media contact information in the new operating system, regarding the people you know and where they’re from, etc. Basically, you get a single centralised address book- the People app- which can be accessed by all of the different applications. According to Microsoft, the People app is essentially a comprehensive address book for storing your social media contacts.
What’s interesting to note here is that Microsoft has included China’s Sina Weibo in the list of services that will be able to make use of this functionality but has left out Google+ which struck people as pretty weird. However, what’s even more puzzling is that this is not Microsoft’s fault- rather it is Google’s fault.
Logically speaking, this is a pretty odd decision from Google. What’s wrong in providing an API that will allow Google+ integration into the People’s app? Even if Windows 8 fails, we all know that it is going to be adopted by millions of PCs worldwide every year. Google may be mistakenly letting go of an opportunity that has been provided for by all other social networking sites.