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Plenty to Like in Windows 8

By Lito Carasig - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Microsoft’s BUILD conference is well underway and so far we like what we see, especially the new features of the upcoming Windows 8.

For several months now, Microsoft have been teasing us with smidgets of information and the occasional video of its “re-imagined” OS Windows 8, but now finally at its BUILD conference, the Redmond company has officially revealed the features we can all looki forward too in the latest (and probably the most intensively revamped) iteration of the Windows OS since Windows 95.

Let me tell you, there’s plenty to like in the new Windows 8.

For starters, although we’ve already seen Microsoft’s Metro user interface on Windows 7 phones, it has been now made official that this UI will also be central to the new Windows 8 OS for everything from desktops, laptops and tablets. 

Windows 8 will become a unifying OS for all devices running the Windows OS. This is in line with Microsoft’s thrust of re-imagining the way people use their computers and devices thus causing Steven Sinofsky (the President of Microsoft Windows Division) to quip :

“We reimagined Windows, from the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise”

 

Windows’ Metro was designed to be a clean and simple touched-based user interface, which can easily scale up or down, depending on the device it is used on. This means the new Windows 8 will deliver optimum performance whether you are using it on a desktop, a laptop or a tablet.  While it was specifically designed for touch interface, Windows’ Metro UI will still have full support for traditional input devices such as the mouse and keyboard. Users can also revert back to the familiar Windows 7 interface, if they choose too, by simply clicking on a button.

The power of the Metro UI is clearly shown when it is used with Metro-optimized apps, which are built and designed for the Metro UI (of course).  These apps are run fullscreen, with no other toolbars which may otherwise distract the user from the task he is doing.  The ability of these apps to share information and “communicate” with each other makes them very powerful and intuitive to use.

Another exciting feature in Windows 8 is its ability for a quick boot up which uses Windows hibernation state stored onto the system disc before it is powered off.  Once the Windows machine is booted up, Windows 8 makes use of this stored state to quickly get the unit up and running in no time at all.

Microsoft has not yet given a date for the new Windows 8 release, but we can expect it to be unleashed in late 2012.

Well, so far so good.  What other features would you like included in the new Windows 8? Tell us and who knows, maybe Microsoft is listening.




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