Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

The new Windows 8 consumer preview was released the other week and has now reached over 1 million downloads. This is thanks to their announcement they made at the Mobile World Congress 2012 to get the product recognised.

It has a Metro style User Interface but also uses the classic desktop interface that we have seen since Windows 95. Microsoft proposes that this is Windows reimagined and reinvented, whilst maintaining the speed and reliability of Windows 7.

I have read many reviews of what people think about the new OS, some which are pleasant and others not so much. I personally think Microsoft has had to make this big change to keep up with Apple. The tablet market has affected PC sales a great deal over the past few years, as most casual home users would now rather a tablet than a laptop. Obviously you will still have your PC gamers who aren’t going to give up their PCs that easily, but whether they will convert to Windows 8 for desktop PC’s is another story.

It is difficult to tell whether large corporations will deploy Windows 8 considering they would have probably converted to Windows 7 not so long ago and dealing with compatibility issues (if any considering its very much like Windows7) might not be worth it.

As soon as you start Windows 8 you are presented with a mosaic of tiles which are your apps that you can organise and name into groups. Microsoft says the desktop is not the main feature but is built around the metro style. Having experienced the apps it gives a much cleaner look than any iPhone/iPad app and are all based around the same design.

It is important that the interface is easy to use, with more practice it should get easier to use. On a touch display however it should be very easy to use with certain gestures that control how the apps are displayed on the screen. One of the features is you can have the two apps open at the same time one being a quarter of the size which you can flick to alternate which is the smaller app, you can also do this with the desktop.

Another big change is you can login via a Microsoft account such as Hotmail which will be your user account which is able to connect to the cloud so you access your files across multiple devices.

The metro apps are developed using the new Windows Runtime and uses various programming languages such as C++, Visual Basic, C# and JavaScript. There is a wide range because Microsoft wants to get many people involved in it as possible. One thing I have noticed with the App store is there are hardly any apps in there, which may only be to do with the fact it is just the preview version of the operating system. It does need a lot of improvements to be successful and to compete with Apple.

Rumors suggest that the retails version well be launched around October.

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