As the time of completion and conclusion of windows 8 nears, there is a gradual increase in the media attention that it is grabbing. For the moment the consumer preview version of the Windows 8 has been released, there has been a great savvy in the tech lobbies about the new features being offered by the new version of Windows. There are a number of reasons why one should upgrade to Windows 8.
A Newer User Interface
The first feature which is noticed by new users of Windows is the user interface provided. In the case of Windows Vista, and Windows 7, the success is based on the newer style of colorful and more interactive kind of user interface provided. Same is the case with Windows 8. The newer, rather metro style user interface has gained quite a bit of attention of the tech savvy. The change that has been introduced in this newer version of Windows is completely different from the traditional desktop look having wallpaper, a start button which is one of the most infamous features of the Windows OS and shortcuts. The recent demo of Windows 8 has shown that it will adopt the display given on the Windows phones. Some of the main change features of display of Windows 8 include colored tiles that include stock activity, emails, and the calendars that are designed by the users themselves. Same as seen in the case of Windows Phone 7, these tiles are customizable and can be changed by the user as per her or his requirements.
Interface with apps!
One of the most important additional features that accompany the new outlook of Windows 8 desktop is the touch gesture. Some of the most common gestures that are seen in the case of touch screen include swipe and pinch to zoom gestures. The newer kinds of gestures that have been introduced in the tile style Windows 8 include snapping based touch that allows multitasking. It allows the users to have many different kinds of apps on the screen at one time and also it gives an additional control to the user for controlling the amount of display that each app can gather.
Newer File systems for a Variety of Servers
The typical file system that has been used by Microsoft for many decades includes the NTFS file system. In the case of Windows 8, Microsoft has finally considered discarding the traditional NTFS file system. The new file system which is now being introduced is known as RFS, the Resilient File System. The Codename that was initially given to this file system was Protogon. This kind of file system will not be included in the main build of Windows.
Hardware based Support
Improved and much better hardware support has been one of the main features that are needed in the present version of Windows and Windows 8 has just that. Although, each new version of Windows provides much better hardware support discarding the older versions of the hardware; but in the case of Windows 8 there is a remodeling of the thread scheduler that makes sure that the multicore processors work with an increased efficiency. This will be of great help in the case of processors from AMD as it is known that these processors do not perform very well with Windows 7.
Resources and ARM
As compared to Windows XP, vista needed much more resources. In the case of Windows 8, it has been seen that the resource based requirements are almost the same as that of Windows 7. One of the main challenges however for Microsoft is to make sure that the new version of Windows runs smoothly on other gadgets as tablets as well as notebooks. In the coming future, a newer version of Windows 8 will be released for 64-bit processors as well as for the ARM processors. One of the main facts is that Windows 8 has to be more efficient in the case of resources if it needs to run smoothly on ARM processors.
Additional Entertainment: More Games
From the platform of XBOX, many games have been added into the gaming platform of Windows 8. More quirky and unique games have been added to the platform. Windows lie game set has been introduced in newer versions of Windows and these have been integrated in the gaming platform of Windows 8.
Socializing and Messaging
Some of the most common social networks as Facebook and Twitter have been integrated into Windows 8. All these social networks have been integrated in just one spot. It is nicer that for all these social networks, there is no need to open different webpages leaving one page active that can monitor the activity of the open pages and getting some third party applications that can perform the same tasks. The strategy of the unified contact system has been used giving the messaging system a slicker look.
Metro based applications are built on the principle of WinRT API that can limit the damage that can be done by the Metro applications to Windows. When internet explorer is being used in Metro, there are no third party plugins that would be allowed to run in the background. This may be one of the greatest achievements of the developers and one of the greatest relief for the users as there will be lesser threats of malware.
Cloud based synchronization is a new program introduced in Windows 8. When a user signs into Windows 8 with the help of his or her Live ID, all unified data are freely available all across the platforms. Any changes that are made to these platforms are viewable across all personal boards. When a user plans to get a device replaced, this could synchronization become even more helpful. There is no need to reestablish previously published data or to reimport previous data.
This guest post is by Debarshi Ghosh Dastidar. He is a software developer and currently working for A1QA one of the leading software development and analysis companies in USA.