EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WINDOWS 8
MICROSOFT HAS SHED ITS DOWDY IMAGE AND COME UP WITH A QUIRKY, BUT FULLY SATISFYING, OPERATION SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLE PLATFORMS.
It is finally here. The consumer preview of the most talked about operating system from Microsoft is actually a major upgrade from the developers preview launched last year. Since 90 per cent of computers still use Windows, Microsoft has lots at stake with Windows 8.
Unification is the new buzzword— Microsoft has seriously taken to the “One OS for several devices” concept. So with an optimised-for-touch OS, MS is actually building on its Windows Phone concept announced in 2010, but made popular only now by Nokia’s Lumia series phones. No old
The very problem with every Windows OS was the boot time, but with Windows 8 everything is superbly fast. The Start Screen actually loads in less than 10 seconds. Yeah, you read it right. This is an achievement in itself. static icons and files in Windows 8, instead you have metro tiles delivering live updates every time you are connected to a network.
I tried the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Acer Timeline Notebook and here are the first impressions.
The Home Screen is now called Start Screen, and is where the new live tiles and the old desktop coexist. Like our current generation smart phones, the lock screen can be unlocked with a swipe, but this can be a bit tricky if you are using a traditional laptop/desktop. Once unlocked, you are presented with a new screen showing up the name you initially registered. Just type in the password and you are done.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
The Metro Interface goes beyond looks—though you will spend time admiring the Start Screen. This interface will indeed force you to touch your screen which eventually means that we’ll witness multi-touch enabled laptops/netbooks in the near future.