The first thing that I noticed and that I can surely say after seeing many demos of Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 is – ‘Microsoft has finally started responding to Apple with its news OS’.
When I first posted a status in my Facebook page that ‘We can pre-order Windows 8 from today’. Many people commented that – ‘They were not really interested in trying the new Windows’, ‘It is for Touch-Based Systems’ and ‘Its an Operating System for Surface tablet, just revamped and released as Windows 8’. Now, after Windows 8 is finally released, I can really say that Windows 8 is a great OS in terms of performance and Beauty. From the design philosophy that I have learned in the classes and Information Foraging theory. People are lazy and kind of hesitant in accepting new technology just because of the learning curve that we have in the process. I accept that Windows 7 was cool. And, that does not mean that we have to use the same Windows forever. And for you Windows 8 Infidels, here is my blog post.
I am writing this blog post just to serve as a ‘Rumor Demystifier’ and to explain the good design aspects of the next trick from Microsoft’s Sleeve – Windows 8. The Operating System follows a tile based communication with the User. The design language of Windows 8 is called ‘Modern UI’ or ‘Windows Style 8 UI’ like the previous ‘Aero’ of Windows 7. The video demonstrates from the New York City conference shows how the OS can be used with both Touch and Mouse Input.
1. Rumor : Windows 8 is for tablets / touch-based monitor and not for Mouse input.
Fact : No, not at all. Windows 8 is for both Mice Input and Touch based Monitors. Also, Windows 8 is not a tweaked up version of Windows Phone OS. It just follows the same design language. There is a separate OS for tablet systems called Windows RT.
2. Rumor : Windows 8 has performance issues.
Fact : Really ? See the following benchmark reports from TechRadar.com.
Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 :
Windows 7 startup: 1 min 19 secs
Windows 8 startup: 38 secs
Windows 7 shutdown: 41 secs
Windows 8 shutdown: 19 secs
Windows 7 resume: 26 secs
Windows 8 resume: 26 secs
Windows 7 hibernate: 33 secs
Windows 8 hibernate: 13 secs
Browser speeds :
Windows 7 V8: 1594
Windows 8 V8: 2581
Windows 7 canvas speed: 22fps
Windows 8 canvas speed: 52fps
Windows 7 Webvizbench: 3030
Windows 8 Webvizbench: 4230
Windows 7 Webvizbench fps: 5.89fps
Windows 8 Webvizbench fps: 13.64fps
3. Rumor : Windows 8 doesn’t have a start menu and my precious desktop.
Fact : Partially. The ‘Start’ menu may have been gone. But not the ‘Desktop’. We can even bring back the ‘Start’ Menu by free third party applications.
4. Rumor : Windows 8 is not meant for Gaming.
Fact : Did Microsoft say or specify that anywhere, Dear User. They surely know of their strengths and they definitely did not do that to Windows 8. Because of the optimized kernel, Windows 8 performs well with Games. I have even read in a blog that the Games perform well in Windows 8.
5. Rumor : Windows 8 won’t run in my current machine.
Fact : This OS is not resource hungry. Just, see the recommended requirements for Windows 8 here – System Requirements. I am sure that it would run in any PC’s that have decent configurations.
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Design Aspects – From what I have noticed so far in Windows 8 :
a. The design approach followed here is a huge change and it is Significantly Better. (Phenomenal Change – Phenomenally Better). In both aspects – Performance and Design.
b. Best of both the worlds – Optimized for both Touch and Mouse Clicks.
c. The Modern UI is both Butter’y and Like’able. It is definitely innovative and better. Also, it is fun to work with it.
d. Most used Applications in the tiles and those tiles are customizable.
e. The current generation of Windows Installments for PC’s, Tablets and Mobiles Phones speaks the same design language. (Windows 8 , RT & Phone 8). This makes a unified design and less learning curve for the Users.
I know people hated Windows XP when it was first released. But, now it is considered as one of the best installments of Windows till date along side Windows 7. I am sure that Windows 8 will get there soon. Personally, I feel that Windows is getting better and Windows 8 is a Good Design.