Love it or hate it, the dominant PC Operating System has always been and may always be Windows. Windows 7 was definitely a bigger success than Vista, and finally made people leave XP, we now have Windows 8 to look forward to. We last reported Microsoft previewing Windows 8, at that time thought to be its tablet OS, back in June. Last night at a Developer’s BUILD Conference, Microsoft released their latest test build of Windows 8, the code name for Microsoft’s next OS.
Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, in his keynote address to the thousands of developers, said, “We reimagined Windows, from the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise.”
Here are some of the upgrades and improvements of Windows 8:
- Windows 8 will be for desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, servers and media centers.
- It will finally have support for ARM microprocessors in addition to Intel and AMD.
- There will be an extensively redesigned Ribbon User Interface to suit touchscreen input better, in addition to keyboard and mouse. This Ribbon UI will be based on their Windows Phone 7 User Interface.
- Live Application Tiles with constantly updating information and a new Home Screen, Start Menu.
- New lockscreen showing notifications, date and time with customizable backgrounds.
- Internet Explorer 10 was shown, with fullscreen support and multitouch gestures.
- Though it is an upgrade, Windows 8 will use less RAM and CPU resources than Windows Vista and 7. We find this impressive as other companies like Apple exclude older devices in updates instead of including more.
- Their is a Reset option to remove all junk files that make your computer slower. It is said to make your PC feel fresh in under 10 minutes without losing data or programs in the process.
- They also demoed a Snap function to display apps side by side, similar to Win7′s.
- It will by default be at an Aspect Ratio of 16:9 Resolution, with support for different resolutions.
- Shorter Boot Time by saving kernel memory to the hard drive on shutdown, similar to what Hibernate does on today’s computers.
- Here is what will make many happy: the Hardware Requirements. The 32 Bit version needs a 1Ghz Processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB of HDD space. 64 Bit will require 2GB RAM and 20 GB HDD Space. This means almost all current computers will be supported.
Here are some screenshots of Windows 8 running on a Tablet PC.
You can also try the Windows Developer Preview of Windows 8 for yourself from here.
What do you think of Windows 8 so far? In the post-PC Era, will it dominate over Apple’s iOS? Do let us know.