An Introduction to Windows 8

An Introduction to Windows 8

Windows 8 is a Microsoft operating system that was released in 2012 and forms part and parcel of the company’s Windows NT OS family.

The much anticipated Microsoft Windows 8 differs widely from its previous versions of Windows as it comes with its flexible access to a touchscreen user interface and includes a domain of one single operating system that works on both desktops and mobile phones. The upgraded version of Windows 8 works with every type of device: regular keyboard-and-mouse systems as well as touch screen devices, and because of this impeccable support feature facilitates the likeness of most users.

Windows 8 has been described by Microsoft as the most important redesign in regards to its interface and has been classified as the most important and anticipated upgrade in more than a decade. The release of Windows 8 took place in a packed launch event at New York along with Windows Store and Windows RT.  The Windows RT version supports the ARM processor architecture while Windows 8 Pro, is specifically aimed to cater to business and technical professionals.

Shortly after the launch, several PC suppliers including HP, Dell, Toshiba and Sony announced products all the way from laptops to smartphones that would run Microsoft’s newest operating system in them. Microsoft’s very own Surface tablet that was released in early 2013, runs Window 8 as well.

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Example of Tile Based Windows 8 Blue Screen

The famous Windows 8 screen in blue found in most laptops and computers today is tile-based. Each tile represents a specific app and although the facility of the taskbar deviates from taskbars in previous Windows versions since it does not provide access to a Start button, users can still bring up a Start screen by tapping or clicking with their pointer in the lower-left corner of the display.

Windows 8 is based on the Metro design language that facilitates a touchscreen user interface and so contains a Metro version of Internet Explorer 10, along with applications for news, sports and travel etc. Windows 8 also offers the accessibility to an updated Windows Explorer and an updated Task Manager along with picture password capability. Windows 8 literally has the most broadest selection of apps introducing a new and groundbreaking wave in the category of touch-enabled apps.

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An Example of the Task Manager in Windows 8

Microsoft launched Windows 8 in an attempt to stop its PC operating system business from losing its sales and shares to tablets such as the iPad. With their revived and upgraded operating system, Microsoft has made sure that they revive back their lost sales by turning Windows 8 into a tablet-first OS. Windows 8 fills in a void that neither Apple nor Google has yet been able to occupy. Windows 8 is an OS that works as well on a desktop as it does when it is carried around on a portable tablet.

The new operating system has been welcomed by Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows Group, as the next era of Windows. He said that they built Windows 8 on the very foundation of Windows 7 and that everybody would benefit from the improvement made to its core features! Research says, that an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 will definitely make a PC run 33% faster.

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