10 Things you need to know about Windows 8!

14 Dec

Windows 8 is looming large. Microsoft, one of the largest Software making companies in the world will be coming out with a new version of the largest selling computer OS in the world. Windows.

Now Microsoft is ready with Windows 8! Almost anyway. You will begin seeing Windows 8 tablets and laptops all around you by the end of 2012 if not before. But do you know what to expect from Microsoft’s new flagship software? In many ways than one, Microsoft is banking on popularity of Windows on computers to push their Mobile Markets too. Do you know what similarities can be found between Windows Phone 7.5 (mango) and Windows 8? Here I have tried to compile a basic list of 10 things you need to know about Windows 8!

1) Metro Interface

Metro UI Skin!

Windows 8 has a Metro Interface skin on top of the desktop a la Windows Phone 7. Metro Interface does away with the conventional folders and icons and contains live tiles. Being live these tiles get updated with relevant information depending on the internet connection and the tile itself. Now take note, Windows 8 does also have a conventional desktop, Metro UI is just a skin on top. It can also be disabled if required. But I think it takes away from the fluidity and charm of the OS.

2) Ribbon UI

Ribbon UI

The Ribbon interface of which we saw a preview on Office 2007 and more so on Office 2010 becomes a prominent feature now in Windows Explorer. You have a completely revamped options menu at the top. With the option of pausing copy/cut and transfers of files between folders and disks. The Ribbon UI changes according to the file selected and thus gives us options accordingly. Another welcome feature.

3) One OS for All

Windows 8 Laptop

Now you surely must have noticed that Microsoft is missing out on the so called Tablet Boom. You would think the Company which is omnipresent in OS’ market, Mobile or Computers, would have a say/dig at the Tablet Industry. Conspicuously though Microsoft has held back. Now you know why! Windows 8 is supposed to be the OS for both Tablets and Computers. Windows 8 will run on Intel and AMD processors as well as ARM processors (which power the Tablets right now). With the help of Skydrive Integration, Users will be able to sync all their data, settings, files, pictures and everything else with the cloud. Skydrive is a free Cloud Storage Service by Microsoft. Thus you can find your files anywhere; desktops, laptops or even tablets.

4) Touch-n-Type

I am not talking about a phone device here. I am talking about Windows 8’s compatibility with both Touch and Type Interfaces. As Windows 8 is a Tablet OS also, it is actually made to be touch friendly from ground up. Mouse and Keyboard though kept in mind all the time were integrated in much later stages. The result being you can use and access Windows 8 using either touch or mouse/keyboard. Microsoft has provided mouse gestures support and keyboard shortcuts to make the transition easier and simpler to use. The scroll wheel and Page up/down buttons gain much importance while using the Metro Interface Skin.

5) Windows App Store

App Store!

Well about time to be honest. Microsoft had to jump onto the App Store bandwagon for Windows some day. Nobody is complaining either. They just released the App Store fineprint and as of now it seems most User Friendly and End User Supportive.  With the help of a dedicated App Store, Users and Microsoft alike would be remain happy.

6) Fast Boot Up

Windows 8 will boot up in less than 10 seconds in most cases. Microsoft have completely changed the Shutting down and restarting procedure. Unlike before some of the elements on Windows 8 only hibernate when Shut Down, and hence are called upon that much quicker when starting. Also Windows 8 all the cores of the processor in a boot cycle. Thus fast boot ups.

7) Backward Compatibility

One of the primary concerns when a user decides to upgrade the OS would be backward compatibility. Microsoft has made sure the radical redesign would not affect the compatibility. In short all the softwares which worked Windows Vista and 7 will work Windows 8. Backward Compatibility is always important and Microsoft did not disappoint. Even the upgrade process is quite seamless. All in all a trouble free process.

8 ) Windows To Go

Windows 8 can now be run from a USB pen drive. This feature is called Windows To Go. It is intended for enterprise administrators to provide users with a Windows 8 image that reflects the corporate desktop. A very handy tool indeed.

9) Two Browsers

Windows 8 comes with 2 browsers. IE 10 (Desktop) and IE 10 Immersive Version (Metro UI). “Immersive” version of Internet Explorer, uses the similar Metro-based user interface of the mobile version of Internet Explorer 9. The Immersive Version of Internet Explorer 10 does not support ActiveX plugins, in order to be an HTML5-only browser. The Desktop version of IE10 does support ActiveX plugins. This is a clear push by Microsoft in order to support HTML 5 over Flash.

10) System Requirements

1Ghz processor 1GB RAM Direct X9 graphics processor (most onboard graphics chipsets will easily work) 16GB hard drive space Optional Multi-touch screen with a minimum resolution of 1024×768 (to enjoy touch functionality of Metro UI)


Tushar Chhajed feels more alive in the dark. 

Email : tusharchhajed@gmail.com and Twitter


10 Responses to “10 Things you need to know about Windows 8!”

  1. Philip Baxter December 14, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    I need to know 11 things. When can we buy it?! 😛

    • Tushar Chhajed December 14, 2011 at 2:33 am #

      Haha 🙂 .. If only we knew… lets hope they dont make us wait far too long!

  2. Saumil1989 December 14, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    I doubt these are the requirements when Windows 8 will be out..
    1 GHZ Procy & 1 GB Ram are decent enough, DX9 Card ? :O

    Vista was DX10, Windows 7 was DX11 and Windows 8 DX9 ?
    it might be for Minimal Requirements of 32 Bit Version of Win 8.

    • Tushar Chhajed December 14, 2011 at 2:37 am #

      Well according to the information provided by Microsoft, for 32 bit 1gb RAM and for 64 bit 2 GB RAM are the minimum requirements everything else being the same. Yes DX 9 being common in both the specifications. Checked time and again.

  3. aakriti December 14, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    very nice information…desperately waiting for it …..

    • Tushar Chhajed December 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      Thanks a lot Aakriti! (:
      YES! I think everyone is desperately waiting for it.

  4. Ankur Agrawal December 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Would definately like to try it on!!!!

    • Tushar Chhajed December 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      You can already get some taste of the Windows 8 Sweetness! The Developer Build is available for free download for all!

      Link : http://bit.ly/tmj0g7

      Have Fun! 🙂

  5. Cleethorpes IT Support December 15, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Useful information, bookmarked and saved for later.


    • Tushar Chhajed December 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

      Thanks a lot to you too! 🙂

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