Recently Microsoft has revealed their newest app based creation: Windows 8. Currently the developer preview is open to the public in two options with or without developer tools. This operating system is available to anyone via a free download. Just make sure you have a spare disk or flash drive to download it to because it comes in .iso form. Okay now you have downloaded Windows 8 now how to use it? First of all there are some distinct differences from Windows 7. One is their is no more classical Start menu it is a field of apps and shortcuts. Another thing is the whole Metro user interface which is built around the Start menu. A clean simple interface with some beautifully written apps such as, a simple piano with recording functions, a neat flash card maker for students, an up to date weather application which is known to use a lot of energy, and a customizable stocks application. Internet Explorer has been redesigned to make dun da dun IE 10! A touch friendly browser that is much quicker and is also another part of the Metro UI. Windows 8 is a complete revamping of Windows 7 with their Metro UI which as said by Microsoft “flows with the OS.” Included in the final build will be the Windows Store where you buy all of your apps from. Also as a well appeasement for some they have added a classic desktop view with IE9. Now that we know what Windows 8 is what devices can we see this new OS on? One thing for sure is the Windows Phone. With the rising popularity of the Iphone and Android mobile phones Windows is going to have to make it’s move fast. Another thing which is confirmed by Samsung is on mobile slates. A slate is similiar to a tablet but is powered by a desktop OS such as Windows. Samsung has recently confirmed it will be making a Windows 8 slate and we can be sure all of the others will jump on the bandwagon. Another obvious is desktops and laptops. Even though this is a touch friendly OS it is still possible to use the operating system on a desktop. Hopefully they will make computer screens with touch input. Already the Dell Inspiron Duo is a touch friendly laptop. Even still it will be hard to sell against rising competition from Android, Apple, Linux, and Blackberry. Well That is all I have to say goodbye!
Oh and before I forget here is the Video of Windows 8!
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