Thursday, 2 June 2011

Windows 8 - New features & REAL video released!

There has been a great deal of speculation since the launch of Windows 7 as to what Microsoft will be doing with their next operating system and today some real information has come from Microsoft, with video footage, regarding the new GUI interface which has been designed with tablet and touch computers in mind.

Windows 8 takes the same 'tiles' form as Windows Phone 7, a rather intuitive information heavy interface designed to give users an 'at-a-glance' overview from all their running applications and this seems to have translated well to the desktop of Windows 8, at least going by Redmond's video.

I can see the benefit of this highly stylised new way of presenting information, especially for tablet PC's and mobile phones but until I have the opportunity to play with it myself on a conventional 'keyboard & mouse' PC then I cannot yet sing it's praises.

I am also concerned regarding the system overheads this new interface will incur. When Windows Vista launched it came with the Sidebar (came straight out of hell) which used massive amounts of CPU and RAM for very little benefit. Windows 7 still has the widgets but the Sidebar is gone and while the widgets are still there, they are not turned on by default.

This new interface looks fantastic but is not a complete replacement for the current Windows Start Menu, taskbar and system tray we all know and love, it seems to basically be just another (albeit giant) widget and this concerns me.

As i said before, I will reserve judgement until I get my hands on the beta and you can bet that I will be running it to death just as I did with Windows 7.

Please feel free to share your opinion in the comments!


  1. I agree about the similarity with windows phone 7 but this screams a slight imitation of Apple to me, mainly because what Apple did a few months ago when they held the back to mac event and previewed lion, they are bringing a lot of their mobile (ios) features to the desktop also. I'm also thinking that this will not be a hugely satisfying experience to the good ole keyboard and mouse because it's designed for touch. However I do think it LOOKS good and has a great list of  features but I just think it won't be something amazing. There is a still a long way to go though before release so I'm sure about 50% of it will end up different in the final release.

  2. Thanks for posting! I legit can't wait to start using this version of Windows. I really hope it would beat all the previous ones! Just like pdf editor is so much better than any other software programs.

  3. I'm curious of that new version of Windows 8, while all the time all new versions of Windows are always limited and there are a lot of problems to work with new versions of windows.
    Thank you for the new information |
    avi player, Kim

  4. windows 8? wow, i didn't know windows 8 came out. i bought lap top like 6 months ago and it has windows 7. personally i like windows xp better than windows 7 or vista. we will see about windows 8

  5. I think you may have misread the article. Windows 8 is not out yet, it's in it's testing faze at the moment but is downloadable to those who want to play with it in its current format.


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