Microsoft is facing its biggest challenge of all times and it is asking its millions of customers to accept the totally refurbished operating system. Windows 8 will offer the operating system for PC’s, tablets and smartphones with one icon-centered look. The days of start menu are out and it has been replaced by touch screen controlled icons or tiles.
Most users had been used to the Window Desktop and it will be still available in one of the many tiles and a majority of programs will open in that environment. The start button is gone so users will have to shuttle between the desktop and the tile screen.
There is one more version of Windows 8 which is known as “Windows RT”. It looks like a PC version but does not run the regular Windows Program. This version is meant for the tablets and lightweight tablet-laptop hybrids.
Microsoft had made a preview version of Windows 8 available since February and had asked for feedbacks which must have been aplenty.
Windows 8 System Requirements
The Windows 8 can run on older and less equipped PC’s. However its best is seen on touch screens and tablets. Here are a few specs-
- Processor: 1 gigahertz or faster
- RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics: Microsoft DirectX 9 device with WDDM driver
- Screen resolution: minimum 1024 by 768
According to an analyst with BGC Financial, Colin Gillis, the Windows 8 is well suited for PC, s with limited processing capabilities. It is most suited for compact and tablet style machines. However he points out that for every OS released by Microsoft there has always been a downside.80 % of the PC,s feature s the processors which are made by Intel Corp. and it has a strong interest in the success of Windows 8.
CEO Paul Otellini was also tentative when he said that the feedback from the consumers who have tried the Windows 8 on expensive “Ultrabooks” with touch screens have given thumbs up for the OS. However he went on to add that he is not sure if consumers would accept the Windows 8 for mainstream PC’s.
It is a very long journey for Microsoft when it launched the Windows in 1985 and was based upon the MS-DOS OS. Later the Windows 3.0 and 3.1 as introduced in the beginning of the 90’s. Using better and faster microprocessors Microsoft released the Windows 95 and 98. Windows XP remains the most successful OS from Microsoft. It eventually overtook the NT to become the most used business system.
Windows XP was by far Microsoft’s most successful consumer product. It was based on the company’s resilient business operating system, Windows NT, and eventually overtook NT as a widely used business system.
The Windows 8 will run on the PC’s which has the processors made by Intel Corp or Advanced Micro Devices Inc. There are two versions of the Windows 8 OS- The first one is for the consumers and a Pro version is for the more tech savvy or commercial users. The Pro version has features which will endear it to the business community with encryption and group account management. Big business houses and Corporations will like to partner with Microsoft and run the Windows 8 which has many tools for information-technology staff to manage machines.
There will be available for the first time a version which has been designed for phones and tablets which run on low energy chips. Windows RT will run on tablets and some devices that fuse tablet and PC features. Tablets that feature Windows 8 can run standard Windows program the devices which have the Windows RT will run applications specifically designed for the system. Microsoft is for the first time allowing applications only from its online store, and apps must attain content and other guidelines.
You can watch the Windows 8 Launch Event live here.