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Windows 8 represents the biggest change to Microsoft’s operating system since the launch of Windows 95. Here’s our Windows 8 review.

Being a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), I got the chance to have a hand on experience on Windows 8. Therefore i thought of sharing my views about this game changing operating system. As my heading line says “Everything at once ” , yes you gonna see everything at one on the interface. Lets look at some of the interesting Features of Windows 8.

Windows 8 launched on the 26th October and, as usual with Microsoft operating systems – apart from a few exceptions – will be the OS on all new PC’s  and Laptops. It’s also available on tablets, starting with Microsoft’s own Surface & other windows phone.

CHANGES :

You’re probably familiar with Windows XP, Window vista and Windows 7 since you use at least one or more of them on a daily basis. Although improvements have been made over the years, they’re fundamentally the same as Windows 95. It doesn’t take too much effort to switch between any of these versions, even though options have moved around a little.

With Windows 8, things change radically. The desktop, as you know it, is relegated to the side-lines to make way for the new so-called Modern UI (User Interface). This interface is designed to be used with touchscreens as well as with a mouse and keyboard, and requires programs to be written specially for it.

Windows 8 introduces significant changes to the operating system’s platform, primarily focused towards improving its user experience on mobile devices such as tablets to rival other mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, taking advantage of new or emerging technologies like USB 3.0, UEFI firmware, near field communications, cloud computing and the low-power ARM architecture, new security features such as malware filtering, built-in antivirus capabilities, a new installation process optimized for digital distribution, and support for secure boot (a UEFI feature which allows operating systems to bedigitally signed to prevent malware from altering the boot process), the ability to synchronize certain apps and settings between multiple devices, along with other changes and performance improvements. Windows 8 also introduces a new shell and user interface based on Microsoft’s Metro” design language, featuring a new Startscreen with a grid of dynamically updating tiles to represent applications, a new app platform with an emphasis on touchscreen input, and the new Windows Store to obtain and/or purchase applications to run on the operating system.

Active icons also marked there presence in windows 8. Active Icons are called” Tiles”

Windows 8 Review

UPGRADING :

The installation requirement for Windows 8 is same as that of its predecessor windows 7. You don’t have a buy a new laptop or PC to get Windows 8, of course. Windows XP, Vista and 7 can be upgraded to Windows 8, although there’s a limit to how much you can bring with you.                                                                                                                                                               If your computer runs XP with Service Pack 3, you can transfer your files. Vista users can bring files and settings, while Windows 7 owners can keep programs, settings and files. Any incompatible programs have to be uninstalled before the upgrade, but Windows 8’s installer will tell you what action needs to be taken.

windows 8-Modern UI

When you’ve entered your password (there’s also the option of a picture password), you’re taken to the new Start screen, which Microsoft is now calling the Modern UI (formerly, but no longer, Metro). This is best thought of as a full-screen Start menu, since there’s no longer any such menu, even on the traditional desktop.

It’s at this point which many people will feel lost, but as with any new interface, it takes only a few minutes to gain your bearings and figure out where things are and how to accomplish tasks.

In fact, the Start screen is well designed and conveys much more information that it first appears. Some of the ’tiles’ display live information, so you can see the current weather, for example, without launching the Weather app. Similarly, you can see the latest news headlines, emails and share prices and much more without as much as a single tap or click.

If you’d like things to be arranged differently, just tap (or click) on a tile and drag it to a new position. Everything else will rearrange around it, and some tiles can be shrunk or enlarged, making it easier to find the apps you use most.

Market performance

Microsoft says that 4 million users upgraded to Windows 8 over the weekend after its release,which CNET says was well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing.

On 27 November 2012, Microsoft announced that it has sold 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in the first month, surpassing the pace of Windows 7. However, according to research firm NPD, sales of devices running Windows in the United States have declined 21 percent compared to the same time period last year.

Conclusion:

windows 8 is inventive. Microsoft has brought up many new features to the firmware. Windows 8 has been specially made to fight the cutthroat rivals likes Android and OS X. Its is still early days for windows 8, lets see what the future hold for this technology .

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