Microsoft Launched Windows 8
The newest version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 8, has been launched. Windows 8 is said will bring a wide range of devices together, including touch- and stylus-based smart phones and table PCs, as well as desktop and laptop machines.
Windows 8 was officially launched last Friday, after it was announced at a major Microsoft event in New York City the day before. Windows 8 will be available in 140 markets and in 37 languages. Existing Windows users can upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 (€29.99 for European markets. Special price for students: €14.99).
During the event, the president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live Division, Steven Sinofsky, explained the excellences in the new version of Windows, such as a better battery life, faster boot time, smaller memory footprint, well-built work with partners and compatibility with Windows 7’s hardware and software. Windows 8 is also designed to work with a touch screen, in addition to mouse and keyboard.
The first thing that users will notice is the new interface design. In Windows 8, applications are displayed in colorful array of tiles, which can feature updated information of the applications. These tiles are big and easy to hit with a finger, which makes it convenient for touch screen users.
Windows 8’s Customer Review
The following is a customer review of Windows 8. We asked Marcus van Belkum, a student of International Communication and Media at Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands to share his Windows 8 experience with the readers of SearchCowboys. When we asked him about his impression of Windows 8, he responded “I love it so far. It is very intuitive and the design is amazing. The overall feature is comparable with Apple's OS X. The learning curve is trickier than the previous Windows versions, but once you get the hang of it, you will be swiping through the screen”.
Marcus described furthermore the features that he likes from Windows 8. According to him, the best thing about Windows 8 is the “Modern UI” that displays live tiles which shows all your information in one glance; for example the ‘People apps’ that flip around to show the last Facebook notifications. He also mentioned “Another thing I like very much is the fact that you can go back to the classic Windows 7 interface anytime you like. This way, apps that don't support the 'Modern UI' can still be used on your computer”.
However, according to Marcus, the start menu is what he misses from the new Windows. He said, “I always used this to start applications but this is no longer possible through the start menu. There are of course workarounds for this, but it's not standard in Windows 8”
Next to Windows 8, Microsoft has also released its own tablet called “Microsoft Surface”. The tablet comes in two distinct versions: one model running Windows RT (Surface RT) and the other running Windows 8 Pro (Surface Pro). Surface RT has an ARM processor, and thought it still has the classic desktop, it loses the ability to run legacy apps. Surface Pro, on the other hand, has an Intel processor and runs the full desktop version of the OS. Surface RT has been launched together with the release of Windows 8 last week, while the Surface Pro will be available three months after.
Steven Sinofsky’s presentation at the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface can be seen below:
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