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.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COMPUTING - BY KAR­TIK IYER

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

SU­PER-FAST BOOT

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.

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