Author:- Stephen Harrison, BSc, MSc, MBCS, CITP, InstM
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Windows 8 Review
Windows 8 Splash Screen
I would like to see a Windows 8 Review on your web site. I am interested in your perspective on the new Operating System from Microsoft which is due for release later in 2012.
NOTE: Windows 8.1 has been release since this submission was made, and Windows 10 is scheduled for release on the 29th July 2015.
I have downloaded the Consumer Preview and had a play about with it. Here are my observations and thoughts so far:
It is a multi-faceted Operating System for both Home and Business use. It is designed to run on PC, Laptops and Mobile Devices such as Tablet PC's.
It is very easy to install. You don't get much choice of actions through the install progress. Most of it is automated which makes it easier for home computer users now more than ever.
The biggest change that I can see is the Metro UI. The Metro User Interface is similar to what you get on a Windows Phone - Scrolling list if menu icons you can touch to load.
Tablet PC's or computers with touch screen will be able to scroll across the page and touch the applications they are interested in running.
Downloaded or installed games to the new Internet Explorer 10 are available through the Metro UI.
One of the choices you have is to run the desktop that we all take for granted today, as an application! This enables you to use Windows 8 just like Windows 7.
Common features such as Windows Explorer, Task Manager and the Start Menu are almost exactly the same. However, the detail and thumbnail view of images are gone from Windows Explorer.
You actually have the Microsoft Office 2010 Ribbon across the top of Windows Explorer.
Metro Apps will be downloadable just like applications from Apple iTunes or an Android online App Store. I suppose this is Microsoft's way of challenging Apple and others for a piece of the action.
Another cool feature I was reading about is Windows To Go. This enables you to load Windows 8 from a USB 3.0 Flash Drive or External Hard Drive.
Also support tools such as the Recovery Console are replaced by new features such as Refresh and Reset.
Refresh restores Operating System files back to their original state. Reset puts Windows 8 files back to factory default settings.
User Profiles and data are protected by both of these support options.
All in all I think this is a very bold move by Microsoft. They are breaking away from their usual conventional Operating System to a more integrated approach which pulls all of the things we want to use, together in one place i.e. Applications, Social Networking, Broadcasting, Music/Video to share, etc.
Will it be a success? Time will tell. It will either be revolutionary or will go down in the annals of history alongside Windows ME and Vista.