01.IntroductionAs Windows 8 comes closer to its releasedate, there are still several people unsure ofwhether or not they should upgrade fromWindows 7. One of the most frequently asked questionregarding Windows 8 is: How is Windows 8different from Windows 7? Well, here is a list offive new features in Windows 8 that may helpyou make up your mind.
Windows 8 Features Everything that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 Reimagines Windows from the chipset to experience a new range of capabilities, scenarios, and form factors
Windows Touch friendly features The main difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8 comes with its metro style interface that provides live title of rectangle shape which has replaced the icon pattern in Windows 8. In Windows 7 operating system, software shortcuts are in the form of icons. As far as the touch interface is concerned then Windows 7 supports touch interface but not that much, what was expected. So, Windows 8 comes with true touch interface for Metro style apps. It is fast way of accessing data by using an improved on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition.
Windows ARM processor support Windows 7 is fully compatible and supportive for x86 processors which is build for traditional home computers but the hint of Windows 8 operating system has changed this current scenario such that Windows 8 offers support for devices running on ARM processor. ARM processor designs are used for growing number of devices. Microsoft Windows is excited to implement ARM processor in its upcoming devices.
Windows based cloud computingEarlier, it was not possible to store large amount of data on servers but cloud computing have made it possible. Windows 7 is not representing cloud based services but Windows 8 does. We know that Microsoft Windows will come with central cloud integration in Windows 8 operating system. It is representing synchronized data for a Skydrive which interface settings between PCs browsing and other photos which is being shared among multiple platforms.
Windows based apps store Windows 8 operating system introduces new app store in which different apps is implemented for various devices and settings on right of the screen. The settings section includes contextual apps like volume, brightness, restart and power options. You can share content, links, app reviews, contacts, metro apps, facebook and twitter applications with your friends or colleagues. Windows 8 store offers both desktop apps and ecosystem for developers. On the other hand, Windows 7 OS is missing all these features.
Windows Start button replaced On one side, Windows 8 is inheriting Windows 7 features like using same tile interface as used in Windows Phone 7 but on the other hand Windows 8 hints to Windows start button replacement. It is creating flexibility such that only best possible outputs are selected from Windows 7 and others are considered on basis of future predication.
Multiple monitors support in WindowsMicrosoft announced that customers can use more than one monitor to connect with Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8 PC management allows customers to use multiple monitors at same time. It means Windows 8 offers flexibility by allowing start screen at one monitor and desktop in another. Customer can also choose taskbar on both screens with different icons on each monitor. Moreover, you can play with background images as well by changing it separate on each monitor. Such support is not available with Windows 7 operating
5 Cool Differences betweenWindows 8 and Windows 7 Lightning Fast Boot Time Close applications automatically! Dynamic Desktop Mount ISO images without a problem Built-in Antivirus
Lightning Fast Boot Time The past history of Microsoft suggests that we shouldn’t believe in their claims that Windows 8 will provide lightning fast boot time. They claimed it with Windows 7 too but failed miserably in bringing any considerable difference. It is for this reason that I didn’t believe it at first when somebody told me that it took only 10 seconds for a 3 year old laptop to boot with Windows 8 (it took around 48 seconds to boot for a normal PC with Windows 7). However, it is the truth and it seems that Microsoft has finally made an improvement in boot time which is really exciting!
Close applications automatically! I find this difference really interesting and would like to test it intensively as soon as I get the final copy of Windows 8. Traditionally, all versions of Windows (including Windows 7) left it up to the user to decide whether he wanted to close the running programs or not. In such a case, computer performance depended upon your actions and if you started using a lot of programs at once, your system’s speed slowed down as you ran out on RAM. Windows 8 tries to help you in managing your programs and your system’s performance by actually closing the applications and programs which you haven’t used for a certain time- period (no need to worry, the Windows will auto-save it before closing it) so as to help you in keeping your system speed intact.
Dynamic DesktopWindows 8’s desktop would be a lot different from the desktop of a Windows 7 user as Microsoft hasreplaced the normal shortcut iconswith dynamic tiles. You can change their size and place similarapplications around each other- or anything else that my suit you. The important thing to understand is that these tiles just don’t open up the application but also display information from them. For instance, if your RSS Feed has got something interesting, it will start to show on the tile right away!
Mount ISO imageswithout a problem Another difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8 is that Windows 7 could only burn an ISO image to a DVD but Windows 8 actually betters this by offering you the option to mount the image too. In Windows 7, you didn’t have the option to make virtual drives to use the ISO image’s content but Windows 8 allows you to create a virtual drive to mount the ISO image so that you can easily use it just like a normal DVD. Some say that Microsoft has been late in offering this feature but I say ‘better late than never’!
Built-in Antivirus Moreover, Windows 8 has an antivirus present inside the kernel of the operating system. This means that your system won’t boot if a corrupt USB device is plugged in. It sounds impressive though I don’t know whether it would pass the test of time…. and viruses! All in all, I do expect Windows 8 to be a serious upgrade on Windows 7 and with Microsoft working on the things that require some tweaking; I genuinely believe that Microsoft is finally ready to launch an OS which will take the world by storm!
COMPONENT MICROSOFT SAYSProcessor 1 GHz or fasterGraphics DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver or betterRAM 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)Hard Drive 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit)