Last month (Mid July) brought an announcement by Steven Sinofsky of Microsoft that Windows 8 is on the way.
26th October 2012 has been officially given as the release data for both new and upgrades to the MS OS and is said to contain the most important redesign of its interface in more than a decade.
With much speculation that Windows 8 design leans toward Touch screen, MS make a big deal of telling us that the “re-designed” interface will but just and intuitive and useable using a mouse and keyboard and switching between the Metro interface and the traditional Windows desktop (regardless of the device you are on) will be a snitch.
It all in the Performance
Another windows OS that has a huge footprint, grabs oodles of recourses and slows up processes so it can look “pretty” would be a massive mistake by the Software Giant however we as the user are given assurances that they have listened to our fears and acted upon them.
Windows 8 is said to perform better and process more efficiently than Windows 7, even with the new metro interface running on top of the desktop.
If you are familiar with a windows phone you’ll feel right at home with the new home screen. Based on a tile design and each tile represent an installed application.
While the desktop is still there, some changes you will need to get used to (and quickly) is that there is no more “start button”. A brave move by MS in my option as the Start button was often safe haven for a lot of novice users but I will wait before passing judgment, so to return to the Start Screen (sorry Metro Screen) you will now simply move your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen.
For me this (and performance obviously) is the star of the show. With multiple Windows 8 machines I can configure all my settings, preferences’, contacts and photos on one main PC and as soon as I log into my windows 8 account, a few taps and I will have access to the lot.
Well, so now we wait. A few more weeks and we can review firsthand what we think of the Windows 8 features. The good, the bad and the pretty.