Sunday, 28 October 2012

Windows 8 Review (Everything about new Windows 8)


Finally Microsoft has released its most awaited Operating System,Windows 8.  Although there aren’t many changes in the retail version of Windows 8 from its developer version,  here’s what you should know.
For now, it comes in two versions Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT. Although both versions have same look and feel, the difference is in the processing chips used by them. Windows 8 runs on standard chips from Intel and AMD (chips we use on our desktops and laptops) while Windows 8 RT is the new version of Operation System for Tablets. So let’s take a look on the features of Windows 8.

 

Also you will not have to worry about your programs in Windows 7 as Windows 8 will run programs written for older versions of Windows but Windows RT won’t. It is limited to applications specifically written for it and available through Microsoft’s store. (Microsoft Office is included free on Windows RT devices).
System Requirements : You need a 1GHz or faster CPU (it also needs to support PAE or PAE-NX Physical Address Extension for new security features in the Windows 8 kernel), 1GB of RAM (or 2GB for 64-bit systems), 20GB of hard drive space and a DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver.
Windows 8 User Interface:
You can personalize the Start and Lock screen in Windows 8. Windows 8 is designed to be part of an ecosystem, with Windows Phone and Windows RT for Tablets. That’s why Microsoft has made the Windows 8 UI the primary interface for its user.

The Windows 8 UI (Metro) acts as the Start Menu as tiles show up instead of columns of small icons on the Start Screen as working with tiles is a little faster and more responsive. You can also search for any application on this Start Screen as well.
Windows 8 Desktop Interface:
The Desktop screen in Windows 8 lacks a Start button. By pressing the Windows Start key you will get the new UI screen which will have your installed programs. This screen will also show tiles for key apps, desktop programs and settings, but not everything that’s installed.

Modern UI APPS:
One of the most important factors for Windows 8′s success, like every computing platform, is the apps that take advantage of all of its features. After the success of app stores from Apple and Google, now Microsoft has come up with its new app Store although it is small as compared to them but it has the potential to reach to them. Microsoft has removed the term “Metro” apps to “Modern UI“ apps . All you need is a Microsoft Account to get the apps from app store.


Some of the major apps are of Xbox, Windows Live and Bing.

Some New Features :

  •  The Windows 8 supports intuitive simple touch gestures like swiping in from the left to switch apps and swiping in from the right for the Charms menu.
  • Improved Search Function
  • Windows To Go -it allows users to make a copy of their OS complete with their settings, wallpapers, files and even apps, into a USB Thumb Drive.
  • Family Safety.
  • Picture password

Pro’s :

  • On the right hardware, it’s sleek, fast and fun
  • Fast Boot up
  • Wonderful Interface
  • Huge security improvements
  • Better battery life, faster boot
  • Great for touch

Cons

  • Start menu gone
  • Can’t boot to the desktop
  • You’ll want a touchscreen/trackpad gestures/Touch Mouse.
  • Some older CPUs won’t run it

VERDICT:
Windows 8 offers many exciting features likes fast performance, easier recovery from system problems, a new file system, better cloud integration etc. However, it is not built for everyone. If you are a Desktop PC user and also don’t want to relearn windows then upgrading to Windows 8 isn’t profitable for you. For first timers I would suggest to use its developer preview first. Once you get used to it then you’ll find it very easy to navigate in its very new User Interface. Many power users and mobile users can find Windows 8 more reliable in terms of performance and other features. So why wait Just go for it !
You can buy Windows 8 from here.
source: comptalks

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