What To Expect From Windows 8
Windows 8 is promising to be the most revolutionary version of Windows yet. As the release of the Developer and Consumer Preview has shown, the new OS is a far cry from previous Windows versions, namely Windows XP, Vista, and 7.
Consumer reactions to the new Windows 8 environment range from extreme caution to excitement. After the Windows Vista flop, it's easy to see why most people are wary about jumping headfirst into Windows 8. But still, most are viewing the whole thing with optimism. Here are some Windows 8 facts that are making the tech world buzz:
No more boxes!
Upgrading to Windows 8 can be entirely done online. No need for reservations and queuing up at the comp store for that elusive copy. On October 26, Windows 8 will be made available to the public online. This means that anyone with an Internet connection can upgrade to the new OS regardless of location. Also, Windows is running a promotion that lets XP, Vista, and 7 users get Windows 8 for a discounted price of $40US if they buy it before January 31, 2013.
New Windows 8 interface
Previously called the "Metro UI" (the name was changed after another company made a copyright lawsuit threat), the Windows 8 user interface is presented as a series of customizable cascading tiles that resemble closely those that can be found on the Windows Phone mobile OS. This move shows that the Windows 8 is an OS that is highly-optimized for touch devices. Many users might find it shocking to see the Start button and the familiar icons missing, but they can still opt to use the Classic desktop if they want to.
Apps all in one place
Windows Store is Microsoft's answer to the Mac App Store. All of the apps and software that can be used on a Windows 8 device are found here. There is no more need to buy installation CDs or DVDs. Since all of the apps that are available on the Windows Store are Microsoft-approved, Windows 8 users can be assured of safe downloads everytime (no malware or trojans!). Also, software and apps that are downloaded from the Store are always automatically updated.