[media:20110714192105188]Windows 8, the successor to Windows 7, will have a greater impact than we thought! Windows 7 came out in 2009, but that didn’t stop Microsoft from creating the next version of Windows. The development of Windows 8 began a bit before Windows 7 was released, but it was mostly road mapped plans; goals that wanted to be achieved. Of them, was faster boot up time and better tablet support. Microsoft has been trying to keep up with the tablet market to try to beat the Apple iPad OS and the Samsung Galaxy’s Android. Windows 7 has amazing tablet support, but the problems with that is that some buttons are too small, and the keyboard is hard to use. Windows 8 will change all of that!
Microsoft has been developing a new kind of way to use your computer. Based upon the Metro User Interface, as shown on the XBOX-360, Zune, and Windows Phone, the start screen fully replaces the start menu on tablets but can still be used on devices without touchscreens. Made up of tiles instead of icons, the buttons are easier to press with the human finger easily beating Windows 7 tablet support. Though the start screen replaces the start menu, you can always go back to the normal windows desktop as everyone has for the last 30 years.
Windows 8 has a lot of interesting features that are worthwhile mentioning. While some should have been added long ago, some were developed at the right time. Microsoft has developed a built in Windows PDF reader to remove the need of downloading Adobe Reader. I’d say this was probably needed for a while, considering Adobe is bloat ware and Adobe Reader is painfully slow. Microsoft has also developed a program called Portable Workspace Creator. Using a 32 GB flash drive, your whole computer will be transferred to it and will give you the ability to use it on another computer without a problem. This is most likely leaned more towards business users so I wouldn’t expect it to be in any of the Home editions.
One last program worth mentioning is an addition to the restoration of Windows when you have a problem. System Reset was designed to keep all your files and settings, but to bring Windows back to factory/default state. You do need the Windows Install Disk to use it so it’s almost like making a fresh install.
Hate it when your computer takes too long to start up? Hybrid Boot is the new way of shutting off your computer. It logs you off, but it then hibernates so you can get to your computer quickly. I’d say it’s the greatest innovation yet. Remember when I told you about Windows 7’s horrible keyboard for tablets? Well, this was totally fixed in a big way! The way you use a thumb keyboard on a mobile phone is now implemented in Windows 8. Compared to Windows 7, I tried the new keyboard and it’s the easiest way to type. I don’t have to move my wrists in a weird way anymore. As I have tested out builds of Windows 8, these features were on here, but I obviously can’t say that they will all be released with Windows 8. Windows 8 will also now be available for devices with ARM processors.
Windows 8 is not yet in beta or final stages yet. As I have tested the alphas so far, little information has been released about Windows 8 because Microsoft is keeping it as private as possible. The BUILD conference is held from September 13th-16th and this is when the Windows 8 Beta will be released to the public to try out. It has been speculated that Windows 8 will RTM in April 2012.