Windows 8 vs. Windows

Windows 8 vs. Windows

  • Performance
  • Stability
  • Security
  • Interface
  • Compatibility

(Squeezed Version) … Windows 8 is designed to run on everything from tiny mobile devices to enormous All-in-One PCs… and that should tell you everything you need to know until the final release… just kidding!

If you are a Windows Fan then you’ll love the next generation of Windows that Microsoft has in plan for this year. The new Windows 8 OS has a dazzling new interface, exciting new applications, outstanding processor support and amazing new touch controls, and it’s build to be entirely different from the Windows we know and love.

Windows 8 features a new user interface based on Microsoft’s Metro design language for touchscreen input, a new tile-based Start screen very similar to the Windows Phone operating system.

Each tile represents an application, and is be able to display live relevant information such as the number of unread email messages on the tile or the current temperature on a weather application. The new Metro-style applications run in full-screen, and are able to share information between each other using “contracts”. Still, for the Windows nostalgic, Microsoft made the traditional desktop environment, for running desktop applications, as a Metro application. The Start button has been removed from the taskbar in favor of a Start button on the new charm bar, as well as a hotspot in the bottom-left corner. Windows 7, similarly, is a refinement of the traditional Windows interface we’ve had since Windows 95, but the move to Windows 8 is much more dramatic.

Windows 8 versus Windows 7

While Windows 7 is the most secure Windows yet and as it’s earlier versions was designed for keyboard and mouse, Windows 8 is all about touch and fingers. The Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 is designed to be plugin-free for security reasons as well as simplicity ones, and the new Secure Boot should prevent rootkits from harming your computer. Like in Windows Phone, Metro apps are sandboxed too, so infecting a Windows 8 PC should be more difficult.

As about the performance and stability in Windows 8, well, i’ll let you discover that and most likely the first thing you”ll want to do once you have it installed, is to touch the screen :)

On 29 February 2012, Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the beta version of Windows 8, build 8250. And for the first time since Windows 95, the Start button is no longer available on the taskbar, though the Start screen is still triggered by clicking the bottom-left corner of the screen and by clicking Start in the Charm. Windows president Steven Sinofsky said more than 100,000 changes had been made since the developer version went public. In the first day of its release, Windows 8 Consumer Preview was downloaded over one million times. Like the Developer Preview, the Consumer Preview is set to expire on the 15 January 2013.

You may download the latest Windows 8. Consumer Preview

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