For the past couple of months, Windows 8 has been in the spotlight
Microsoft made lots of announcements about the new operating system, presented countless new features, and claimed that it is “reinventing the OS”. But what are the most significant Windows 8 features and what you should know about this new operating system from Microsoft? Here are some thoughts on the subject.
First of all, Microsoft knows that Windows 8 needs to be different. For years it has been one step behind Apple in innovation and development (think of iPod and Zune, for example), and now more and more people are showing interest in Android and Ubuntu. So, to remain the King of the Hill, Microsoft needs to come up with something new, fresh, innovative and good. That’s exactly what they want from Windows 8 – hence the amount of new features and a completely new interface. So, what are the most important Windows 8 features? Here goes:
- Support for desktops, laptops and tablets – the new Windows 8 will work on all types of computers, including tablet PCs. To make this possible, Microsoft had to design it to work with touchscreens and AMR processors. Windows 8 will use Metro UI, which made its way from Windows Phone. Naturally, Microsoft hopes that Windows 8 will help them to take over the tablet market and encourage people to use Windows-running tablets instead of iPads and Android devices. Sounds like a plan, but will it work?
- Windows App Store – well, this sounds like something familiar. Finally Microsoft is catching up and creating their own app store. Again, the idea is to encourage Android and Apple users to migrate to Windows. But will they? The good thing about the Windows Store is that it will provide attractive opportunities for developers and make the market more competitive, which is always a good thing for the consumer – more choice.
- Totally transformed desktop and Start menu – a move towards tablet PC interface designed to make Windows 8 easier to use on tablets. The change will shock loyal Windows users, but hopefully they will get used to the new look
- Better speed and performance – after the Vista disaster Microsoft realized that nobody likes a slow computer. They’ve pretty much fixed the issue with Windows 7 and now they are trying to eliminate it altogether in Windows 8. The new operating system will have a reduced memory footprint, boot a lot faster and open applications a lot quicker thanks to the Metro UI. In addition to that, Windows 8 offers USB 3.0 and Hyper-V support
- Cloud integration & synchronization – this is a handy new feature that will synch all apps you install from the Windows store across all of your PCs running Windows 8. In addition to that, Windows 8 will synch your desktop background, pinned taskbar items, IE passwords and the rest. Well, you get the idea
So, will Windows 8 do what Microsoft hopes?
That remains to be seen. But in any case, the arrival of Windows 8 will make the tablet market a lot more competitive and exciting.