Experiencing First Hand the “NEW Microsoft Windows 8”
Hours after the global launch of New Microsoft Windows 8, Innovative Spur labs gets to test Windows 8 Pro.
Just minutes after the Windows 8 global launch at Manhattan,New York,, I launched the update manager in our new PC running on the Windows 7 Home Basic. The update manager took me right from choosing my copy and buying the license online to downloading it and installing it. The whole installation took around 30 minutes. The installation screens were very plain which came as a sharp contrast to the familiar Windows 7. After the installation I was greeted with Lets get you started screen, that does get you started in no time. The OS asks you for your colour choice, the default internet connection and some thing new which Microsoft borrowed from Google’s Android, “Microsoft Account Information” . After the Let’s Get you Started screen, A blank Hi screen poops up, and teaches you the hidden tool bar to the right of the desktop. This is a life saver when you are new to Windows 8. The screen that greets you next, is the Start screen the 8’s alternative to the 17Yr. old Start menu.
From the first glimpse of the Microsoft’s Windows 8, one thing is clear, this is the most colourful and good looking OS from Microsoft. After a little hiccups here and there, I was like fish in water. Its, like Windows 7 went on a walk with Windows Phone and came back as windows 8. Though totally radical at first sight, after getting used to the interface, its quiet apparent that the wine in new bottle is Windows 7.
Idea seems simple, take a windows 7, chop off the start menu, add the show hide fancy bar to the left, and install a full screen app that does the job start menu did before, with dynamic tiles. All of the new apps run on full screen mode, and I, till this moment didn’t figure out a way to close them except by coming out to the start screen, right clicking on the minimise screen toolbar and choosing close. The PC desktop appears like an other world made to handle our good old PC Programs and the start screen to handle the new Apps. Minimised PC programs are not visible through the start screen as opposed to the new apps which is only visible though the start screen.
The next radical change to the OS is the Ribbon system that has replaced the menu system in the file browser. This needs no new introduction, as is familiar from the Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010.
From the customisation front the options are quiet limited, you can customise the desktop like you did before with the windows 7, but the start menu customisation is quiet limited to what Microsoft offers. A pattern for the background, and a colour combination for halation. The below images are some of the alternatives available to the start screen.
The overall feel of computing makes you crave for a touch input. The OS is filled with touch friendly interfaces. Most of the scrolls, including the Start menu scroll, scrolls horizontally and has a natural jerk added to it getting the OS to sound more for the touch interface. The boot up time and shut down time has been radically reduced in the “8” and matches with any new smartphone of today. To conclude, this OS ushers for more futuristic computing hardware like touch interfaces, and demands little from the performance front.