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Microsoft Windows 8–First glimpse of an entirely redesigned OS!

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Over 95% of all the Computer users in the world rely on Microsoft Windows Operating system. Love it or hate it, but millions of users cannot do anything without Windows Operating System.

Over last couple of decades, Microsoft has come up with about 7 major versions of the Consumer PC Windows OS – Windows for Workgroups in early 90s, Windows 95, Windows 98, windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista & the latest one being Windows 7.

One thing has been common amongst all, the way the Windows OS has been structured remains the same. Offcourse, lots of bells & whistles got added from version to version, but there has never really been a drastic change in the way a user accesses his applications, documents, images & other files.

Windows 8

But thats all going to change with the arrival of Windows 8, which promises to give an entirely new Windows experience to the users. The Windows 8 Operating system seems to be inspired from touch screen smartphones, where applications are accessed based on touch & swype. It looks like Windows 7 phone Operating system but with keeping the larger computer screens in mind.

Windows 8 – First Look

Have a look at this first video released by Microsoft on how Windows 8 Operating System will look like – It sure is a treat to eyes. You will have to wait for another year to experience this on your PC, as Windows 8 is expected to launch sometime next year!

What I really wonder after seeing this video is – The amount of processing and RAM that hardware will require to support these kind of effects and transitions. There is no doubt it will be more user friendly than all earlier versions of windows, but will this user friendliness make all modest PC hardware redundant?

What I also see is probably culmination of PC, Tablet & Mobile OSes in the times to come – Essentially, a user can buy the hardware (PC, Tablet & Mobile) and install Operating system of his choice on it! You are already see this happening with Android, as many netbooks / laptops are now coming with Android Operating system. And from the looks of Windows 8, it also looks like heading into same direction.

What do you think ?

  1. Nishigandh Joshi says

    A lot, really a lot would be needed to be done by MS in Win 8 to satisfy users. Expectation of today's user is very high due to Apple products. I feel it doesn't matter if they do not bring something totally different instead of doing what Apple has done. What would really matter is if they show Win-8 is as good as Mac; rest of things shall be taken care by the immense user base across the world. And MS has been champion in distribution for so many years….

  2. rakesh kumar says

    yeah its good to have a new version of windows, but what about the current hardware;i,e i don’t think my current laptop which is running on core i3 and 3gb ram will support windows 8. microsoft should think about operating system with more hardware reuse.

  3. Ravi Dawar says

    Having a good UI is good but not essential for an OS on PC platform. Out of the 95% of all computer users that rely on Windows, majority use Windows for work and they will not prefer having such a heavy OS on their workstations. I personally prefer XP over windows Vista/7 and office 2000 over ofiice 2007/2010 only because they are much lighter versions and good in performance.

  4. Ravi Dawar says

    Having a good UI is good but not essential for an OS on PC platform. Out of the 95% of all computer users that rely on Windows, majority use Windows for work and they will not prefer having such a heavy OS on their workstations. I personally prefer XP over windows Vista/7 and office 2000 over ofiice 2007/2010 only because they are much lighter versions and good in performance.

  5. Ravi Dawar says

    Having a good UI is good but not essential for an OS on PC platform. Out of the 95% of all computer users that rely on Windows, majority use Windows for work and they will not prefer having such a heavy OS on their workstations. I personally prefer XP over windows Vista/7 and office 2000 over ofiice 2007/2010 only because they are much lighter versions and good in performance.

  6. Vineet Bhanot says

    better than windows 7.

  7. Vineet Bhanot says

    better than windows 7.

  8. Vineet Bhanot says

    better than windows 7.

  9. Vineet Bhanot says

    better than windows 7.

  10. Vineet Bhanot says

    better than windows 7.

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      yeah, it sure looks better than windows 7 – But these are early days and nothing can be said for sure when it comes to windows OS, till the time they come out in market and consumers use it..

  11. liju philip says

    Most of the companies are not willing to move to a newer OS from Microsoft which again involves massive investment in the hardware. Just like Win 7, Win8 will be sold with newer PCs and most of which will be downgraded to XP anyway by the administrators.

    We still use XP in our office. There is not a single Windows 7 or even a Vista installation. And i know of many many more companies who are still stuck on XP.

    1. Madhav Shivpuri says

      Our office desktops had IE6 until recently and most websites didn’t open properly.

      If people need to buy new hardware, they may be tempted to get an ipad or other tablets instead.

  12. Hitesh Ratnani says

    finally, it looks lovely, playbook also had an awesome trailer but it did not live up to the expectations, hope windows 8 does.

  13. Hitesh Ratnani says

    finally, it looks lovely, playbook also had an awesome trailer but it did not live up to the expectations, hope windows 8 does.

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      agreed – They are like movie trailers…only showing the best part of the whole thing…so we really dont know at this point. What has to be noted however is that there is a paradigm shift in the the way windows 8 looks…and thats what I wanted to highlight with this article.

    2. Hitesh Ratnani says

      Yes, finally they are innovating

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