Microsoft has finally allowed a peep into its next version of Windows i.e. Windows 8 and what one can expect from it. With Windows 8, Microsoft plans to get a foothold in the tablet market too. An in depth look into the preview released by Microsoft themselves gives an idea of what is in store. Here are some of the best things to look forward in MS Windows 8 Operating system:
One Single Operating System: The new OS is an improved version of Windows 7 with an additional “layer” or a “shell” as it claims to be optimized for touch screens but also can also run on traditional mouse/keyboard PCs. You can actually switch between the regular Windows 8 desktop and the new home screen very easily. It claims to have a booting time of less than 20 seconds for Windows 8. This will definitely save on time and electricity and do away with the cumbersome wait for the completion of booting.
All New Interface: The new user interface (UI) starts with a lock screen that allows you to change the background. You will be regularly greeted with basic alerts that include emails, events alongside the day and date. The account user screen appears after unlock and can be accessed after swiping up, that leads to a new home screen. In fact the new interface is much like the Metro UI with some interesting tweaks that favor the new interface.
Start Screen: Windows 8 presents you with anew tiled mosaic home screen and the larger live tiles have been designed to display some more information. Most of the apps will be fitted in here. The interface looks as if it is designed for a landscape view.
Revamped Soft Keyboard The touch-centric Windows 8 has a keyboard that can support multiple layouts. One is the standard keyboard and the other is split for thumb typing when you are on the fly. Navigation seems easy with swiping up and scrolling to go through your apps. The best gesture is something called ”Snap” which allows you to switch midway to another app from the present app.
Hardware: The Windows 8 OS is for desktops, laptops and tablets alike and claims to require less horsepower than Windows 7. It will support both ARM and x86 processors. This means that the apps can run on both these processors and this sound quite interesting.e
Final Thoughts: Windows 8 seems quite promising if it can fulfill all what it is meant to deliver. Some truly innovative features such as Snap can allow multitasking with tablets. Some amazing tweaking with the Metro UI and adding of new applications is something to look forward to. If it can run the legacy apps on ARM systems then truly this will blend the old concepts with the new and make computing a pleasant experience for one and all. The Windows can then become a sought after OS with its one OS for all computers modeling.