Review of The Most awaited Operating System -Windows 8 which is due to launch at 26th October 2012.
Want to have something more technilicious? The day is not far. 26th October 2012, when Microsoft Co. will release a new version of its operating system – WINDOWS 8 giving a newfangled and a neoteric look to your smartphones, tablets , desktops and laptops considerably more polished piece of work beyond recognition.
But before this run-of-the-mill release let’s take a dive into Windows 8 Consumer Preview which was released on 29th February, 2012 based on Metro Design Language endowing a similar interface to that of the Windows Phone operating system and designed with the touch in the mind Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of windows 7 speed and reliability but it’s a big gamble being played. it looks like Windows 8 is certainly going to take some getting used to. But underneath that daunting new interface is a wealth of smart decisions that go a long way towards dragging the behemoth that is Windows into the future.
Perhaps because of the growing popularity of the tablets, I installed it on a PC. The resplendent look, functions rich and the stocks and bonds of the applications are the major changes, additions and fixes.
The start menu formerly a part of the windows, is gone. Although the Metro start screen is aesthetically pleasing, I found myself longing for the Desktop’s more efficient use of real estate; there, I could see all my apps on a single screen. Though the start screen is easy to customize but couldn’t help wondering why Microsoft felt the urge to make it.
I found more personalization options for the Start screen (including more colors!), improved multi-monitor support, and new Family Safety features to name just a few. I also noticed and enjoyed improvements to the Mail, Photos, and People apps and saw new Bing-powered Travel, News Finance, Maps, Weather and Sports apps right on my desktop after the installation. With the new Windows Store, I discovered a variety of high quality apps, all grouped in easy-to-find categories which provided quick access and frequent downloading.
With an in-built Internet Explorer 10, browsing is crazy fast and in a jiffy. Tabs and navigation controls pops out when you wish else they are out of your way. When you sign in to a Windows 8 PC with your Microsoft account, you’re connected to all of your people, files, and settings, including themes, language preferences, and browser favorites.
You can switch between apps, organize your Start screen, and pan and zoom to really fly through the things you want to do. These “charms” have made the operating system dramatically smoother and more responsive when we talk of navigation, sharing and search. I got an easy access to networking features and file management, with the ribbon and an updated Task Manager and an improved Control Panel. All the stuff you know is still there but with a new facet.
If you’re using a mouse, just move it to the upper-left corner to see your last app. You can also move your mouse down from the corner to see more recently used apps. Or you can try one of my favorite features: click in from the left, and then slide your last app out to the left or right side of the screen to snap it in place. Perfect for keeping your music controls up while you work, or keeping an eye on Twitter while you play a game.
What I observed was a ‘no’ for the PCs but using these new apps and hubs with a touchscreen will be a joy but The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is just that: a preview of what’s to come. It represents a work in progress, and some things will change before the final release. The overall experience was up to snuff with some hiccups and bugs. The reviews weren’t digital to this digital issue but let’s see what is all stocked for the technophiles.
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