First Look At Windows 8

With Windows 8, comes effort of Microsoft to step away from the traditional desktop and icons and in turn focus the PC in a different direction. While there has been a lot of good press about Windows 8, a lot has been said about the Metro style interface which some love and others loath. At any rate, in this article we will discuss the strengths of Windows 8.

The biggest change to Windows 8 comes in its support for not only x86 based processors, but ARM processors, the type you find in iOS and Android phones and tablets. This means that Microsoft will finally have a true tablet oriented operating system, one that should allow it to compete better with Android and iOS.

Speaking of tablets, with Windows 8 comes an even bigger focus on multitouch. Windows 8 supports up to ten finger multitouch and the entire Metro style design is geared towards touch as the icons,
buttons and interface have been enlarged to support fingers of all sizes. More importantly, with the two different onscreen keyboards, Microsoft is allowing more than one type of input on its tablet. That doesn’t mean that the physical keyboard and mice are obsolete, as they are very much alive.

Also coming to Windows 8 is an easier way to reinstall Windows which can be useful for fixing broken operating systems. With Refresh and Restart, reinstalling Windows is a lot simpler and does not require the complete reinstall of the operating system. The operation will only reinstall the core Windows files that may be causing the system to be bogged down.

With Windows 8, Microsoft is making it easier for users to carry their settings and files across multiple computers. With Windows To Go, users can download all their files and settings onto a USB stick and plug it into any Windows 8 PC and have the exact desktop, files and settings they are used to on their own computer. Needless to say, this can be extremely handy for those who travel a lot or use others computers a lot.

As if all these improvements were not enough, Microsoft is for the first time bringing an App Store to its desktop operating system. While it’s rules and regulations to have apps administered into the store will be more lax than Apple, the company is using this means to not only allow developers to get their software to users quicker and easier, but to increase safety from malware, virus and other harmful programs and scripts for Windows 8 PC’s.

Windows 8 is set to be released in the fall of 2012, and along with the launch, Microsoft will be bringing the an updated Visual Studio, Microsoft Office and Windows Phone 8 to the mix. For those gamers, this is the same time that the new Xbox 360 dashboard will drop to the masses along with Microsoft’s Project Glass which will take use of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 tablets to diversify gameplay.