There will no doubt be a lot of fanfare surrounding the launch of windows 8, but the question which is pressing on lots of AASCD readers minds, is simply “Do I need to upgrade?”. So lets jump straight in, with what’s new in Windows 8:
Windows 8 addresses a lot of the issues that customers had with Windows 7. This starts off with better performance, although individuals with tablets or netbooks might not notice this. Windows won’t slow down with a bunch of running processes, which means it will be quicker to load. This platform was designed to make everything easier to use than ever. The lock screen has a new feature that includes a picture password. This can replace the usual PIN number for anyone who is interested. This works by users swiping gestures over a picture that they choose.
The home screen looks much like it does on the Windows Phone. There are various tiles that alert you to e-mails, text messages and missed calls you have. There is also a calendar tile, one for music and others that can be added. These can be re-arranged depending on user-preferences. Apps are also able to run side by side with this new platform. This means users can watch videos while doing other internet activities simultaneously. Apps can be docked to the side of the screen where they are easy to grab and load back up.
The Windows Store has also changed its look, although it still offers free and paid apps in a variety of different categories. One new feature is that users can try apps out before they buy them. This saves users quite a bit of money if they end up not liking something. The cloud is another one of the biggest features of Windows 8. This is where you can sync all of your photos, contacts and data by just logging in. This even works on other devices as long as they are logged in with the appropriate user information. Settings from PC to PC can even sync together within minutes as long as they both have Windows 8. Spell checking throughout the system is also included as is a quick access toolbar for Windows Explorer.