Thursday, January 5, 2012

What is new about Microsoft Windows 8?

What is new about Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system? The new touch optimized interface is one. A public beta version of Microsoft Windows 8 will roll out in February 2012, the official release for the operating system could arrive in Q4 or as early as Q3 of this year. Microsoft has a developer version of the pre-beta for developers software on their website at  Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would be adding support for ARM microprocessors in addition to the x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD. ARM microprocessors are used in mobile devices. This next version of windows is designed to build on Windows 7, with enhanced security features, faster startup and longer battery life for running on a wide choice of devices and chipsets. Windows 8 is designed to run on screens smaller than 10” or big screens mounted on the wall.

Here is a glance at what’s new with Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system:

Windows To Go: IT professionals and users will be able to store a bootable operating system on a USB thumb drive along with their business apps, data, and settings.  
When users are finished and log off, they simply remove the USB device, leaving no data or information behind.  Take your personalized PC with you on the go in your pocket, briefcase or purse to use on a tablet, desktop or laptop whatever is available.

Ribbon Interface: Microsoft has replaced the traditional drop down menus and toolbars with a ribbon interface. Ribbons allow for a large amount of information in a small amount of space.

Tile Interface & Smart Screen: Microsoft has a metro-style tile interface which consists of rectangular boxes on the screen. The new Start Screen puts all of your applications in front of you for immediate access. Whether you type, click or swipe, it is optimized for easier navigation. The Windows Store will be your app store for metro-style apps and Microsoft said these apps have improved quality and reduces the risks of malware and bugs.

Internet Explorer 10: IE9 Microsoft's latest browser is only compatible with Windows Vista and 7. IE10 requires Windows 7 or later. When using IE10, swipe from the bottom or top bezels for the address bar and tabs. Bookmarks and frequently visited pages appear when you create a new tab. On the desktop IE9 has some tablet optimizations as well responding smoothly to scrolling and pinch to zoom gestures.

Tablets: Microsoft’s new tablet OS is on it’s way. With Windows 8, Microsoft desktop operating system will also work on ARM based hardware and will be able to run on tablets as well as desktops and laptops. Windows 8 has been designed for touchscreen devices, especially with the Metro Interface design.

More of what’s new to come on Windows 8 soon. Check back for further updates.