Microsoft is running ahead of schedule with their public release of their new operating software, Windows 8. This is the first major software release from Microsoft since Windows 7 in 2009. However, there doesn’t seem to be a huge change from the old software, aside from design and feature improvements made to be more efficient and easier for Windows users.
The design changes in the release preview offer new apps and over 25 color combinations for the Metro, or start-menu, homepage. Apps can be customized and re-arranged for convenience and new apps have been added to the Metro that users may find helpful for everyday living.
One thing that makes Windows 8 unique is its compatibility with the Xbox 360. Through your Windows 8 home screen, you can access Xbox downloads, search for and buy new games, and access video and music apps straight from your Xbox 360. For hardcore gamers, having their desktop and gaming console connected will make managing media much easier.
Windows 8 also takes advantage of The Cloud, which virtually saves your entire desktop externally. Using your Microsoft password, this information can be accessed on any device running Windows 8. This is useful for business professionals on the go or students who need to access files from multiple computers.
Another useful component for students is SkyDrive, which comes with the Windows 8 software and allows you to access your documents from any device with an Internet connection.
For those who like speed, Windows 8 is set to enhance several apps including Internet Explorer 10, built around Microsoft’s speedy and selective search engine, Bing, and designed for quick, fluid page transitions.
The upgrade comes with plenty of customization for any user is out there. For families, they offer new security features that protect young ones from unrestricted Internet access. For business owners, the upgrade offers a number of apps all designed to be compatible with Windows 8 devices, in hopes to make businesses run smoother and more efficient. Students will enjoy the speed and document dependability as well.
Microsoft understands that its users are familiar with Windows software and rely on it daily. The software giant didn’t retool their software for Windows 8, but used Windows 7 as a base and made improvements to speed, security and design. Microsoft keeps to their promise of user customization with Windows 8, and adds design to software that gets work done. Windows 8 will most likely release the OS with three separate versions, quite possibly like its predecessor Windows 7 did, with the releases of Windows 7 Basic, Business, and Pro.
Windows 8 will be released in October of this year. If you purchase a new computer from now to January 31, 2013, you will be able to upgrade to the new system for $14.99. If you are a Microsoft user already, you have the option to upgrade from any previous Windows software for $39.99—whether you’re coming from Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7.
Are you looking forward to the release of Windows 8?