Microsoft Windows, since its 1983 birth, has continuously evolved into your computer’s lifeline for accessing files, collaborating with colleagues and connecting to the internet. As we’ve turned the corner from Windows 7 which basically made internet continuity much easier, we’ve now completely found ourselves officially a mobile generation with this release of Windows 8. While many people currently use 7 or Vista around the world, you can basically turn your entire laptop or desktop into a mobile tablet right before your eyes. Since most of society could purchase and download Windows 8 on October 26th of 2012, the actual development has been three years in the making, starting nearly immediately after Windows 7 was introduced with plans of having more nifty add-on features as time evolves.
Significant changes to appearance, file system management and removal of start menu on desktop screen are initially noticeable differences between 7 and 8. Cosmetically, Windows 8 seems like an enormous smartphone right on your laptop, and actually acts like one. Since there’s an app store and attachable ‘plugins’, per se, the entire user effect has changed completely. Your start screen has tiles which can be arranged like your mobile device, the operating system is prepared for touch screen computers, and Media Center can now be streamed through your Xbox through your own wireless connection. Tiles on your screen are constantly updating with news, incoming emails or other useful information, and the entire schema is based off the more ‘retro’ look which Microsoft implored in other versions.
An updated shell and user interface is loosely based off Microsoft’s Metro language, offering smoother scrolling and swapping between windows while concentrating on using fewer system resources to promote simple requests such as program openings. The most useful part of Windows 8, however, is the fact numerous devices can be synchronized, mainly between your mobile devices and home computer, to access files much quicker than before. Add the newest Norton Satellite which cans your mobile network and files for free, and you’ve got the future of home and mobile computing all wrapped into Windows 8 goodness. If you were lucky enough to receive Windows 8 for $14.95 + tax and Media Center for free, congrats! If not, you could always head to their registration site to tell them you’ve purchased your computer between June 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013 to get your special promo code for Windows 8 Pro for that price.
Other versions available are Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT, the latter rolling out with new tablets and the former being available with new PC’s. Windows 8 Pro, however, already has more feature-rich usability than both companion versions combined, making it the choice platform for both internet surfing nuts and busy professionals needing seamless workflow while working online.
Everything Is 8-Up
HTC and Samsung, namely, are getting in on Windows 8 action by offering their phones which mirror the operating system from the home screen. Having tested the HTC Windows 8X myself (before release, thanks to Sprint employee), I can see many people heading towards the purchase of these sleek new phones rather than fretting over iPhones which have compatibility issues with Windows 8 already. Add the Beats Audio which comes in 5 distinct colored phones, and you just received the greatest phone on earth (because, of course, it tethers your computer, phone and Xbox together).
Welcome to the new generation of everything Windows.