Windows, is undoubtedly the most used OS, and with the wide range of newer computer systems and electronic devices, Microsoft faces a huge challenge to keep its users impressed.
Windows 7 has done remarkably well like Windows XP had, back in the day. Microsoft has been constantly working to make a better future version to negate the possibility of another ‘Vista’, by improving upon the existing features. With the release of the next version, Windows 8, Microsoft has added new and impressive features along with a striking GUI.
The biggest change: Windows 8 is going to change a lot of things majorly because of the 'biggest change' – it works on ARM based devices as well as x86 (32 and 64 bit) systems.
Mobile: Windows 8 is very well suited for touch screen devices. The new GUI introduced with Windows 8 is called Metro and it is specifically designed for use on tablets, but it is available on all Windows 8 PCs.
Freedom of movement: Another great new feature is ‘Windows To Go’. This allows an administrator to create USB drives that contain managed Windows images that can be used to boot-up and run on Windows 7 and 8 computers enabling users to work from anywhere that they have access to a (Windows 7 or 8) computer. This feature works on both USB 2.0 and 3.0.
I see you: The GUI or simply the UI, is the biggest visible difference that Microsoft has to offer in its newest OS. It has been redesigned to provide a more fluid and interactive, yet very productive, to give you full control of the system. The most noticeable differences are discussed below.
Windows Logon Screen – As opposed to the usual way we log in - entering a password to unlock the screen, Windows 8 can be unlocked by just tapping, or clicking on the right areas of the screen.
Windows 8 Start Screen – Yet again, the start screen will impress you. The screen categorizes all your applications together, which you can easily move around the screen, and add or remove stuff.
Control Panel – A more personalized and user-friendly way of enabling and disabling various components and changing the system settings.
The Windows Defender – First released with Vista, Windows Defender has become bigger and better (maybe not bigger, but certainly the latter). This nullifies the need for us to install the usual anti-malware solution from the market. Windows Defender will be ‘the’ anti-malware solution for Windows 8. It will provide real-time detection and protection from threats using file system filter, will provide interface with Windows secured boot will protect the computer from all types of malware such as viruses, Trojans rootkits and worms.
What do we need? Windows 8 Developer Preview works well on the same hardware that runs Windows 7.
- · 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- · 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- · 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- · DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- · Touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
Where is it? It might take up to mid to even late 2012 for this baby to release as retail. But you can power it up on your PC if you are a developer and/or want to try Windows 8. Just follow the link below to the official download page.
Some of the screenshots are courtesy Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows. (Yes they are official; I haven’t tried any of my stunts here - this is for real).