Microsoft has recently launched a sneak peak regarding their newest product, the Windows 8 OS at conference in Anaheim, allowing everyone to anticipate the new operating system developed for the main purpose of securing their position in the tablet competition with Google and Apple. According to Sinofsky, ”things are a whole lot different now than three years ago.... Touch is a whole new dimension. Mobility is a whole new dimension.... We want Windows to respond to that."(Gruman, 2011). Taking a deeper look into its specs, Windows 8 requires only 281 MB of memory and 29 processes, decreasing from the 404 MB of storage and 32 processes in Windows 7. In addition to these improvements, Windows 8 also has the fastest boot time of any Windows operating system. Because of the minimum memory requirements needed for machines installed with window 8, its inexpensive costs and brief boot time are expected to rival those at the peak of touch technology. Windows 8 has also displayed its aptitude through its update and restore function, which allows you to restore Windows to its default settings without sacrificing ones own saved media. A new feature of the Windows 8 OS has incorporated new, advanced touch technology such as the touch screen log-in capability. Rather than manually typing a password, a password can be created and inputted by touching various areas on the screen. Along with software improvements, Microsoft has always put their focus on touch screen hardware by cooperating with manufacturers to improve the performance of the glass. Microsoft has also indicated that the OS would be compatible with other devices that are installed with Windows 7 operating system. I was interested by this article due to its relation towards the rise in popularity of tablet technology. Its capabilities and new features are phenomenal, but many customers are dissatisfied at the various modifications implemented, leading to issues concerning legal, ethical, security and social aspects. Despite its critiques, Window's 8 will be accepted by consumers due to its high performance specs and application benefits
Roughly 25 years have passed since Microsoft's first of Windows, and about 15 years ago, Windows started to climb up to the top of the computer desktop industry. After this 25 year gap, technology has greatly advanced, causing the modern version of Windows to greatly contrast with the appearance to its ancestor, Windows 1.0. Windows was a graphical user interface that was implanted onto Microsoft's current DOS operating system. Compared to today's Windows, the early Windows was quite primitive. Even though it was a bit simpler looking than the DOS operating system, it wasn't as user friendly. Without a mouse, it was harder to handle than DOS's command-line interface. As Windows received attention, Microsoft continuously improved Windows in the span 20 years. Once every couple of years, Microsoft releases new versions of Windows. The amount of changes that are added on the new version usually changes, resulting in a minor update, or a complete makeover. For example, Windows 95, released in 1995, was an absolute overhaul of it former 3.X version. The later version, Windows 98, was a non-significant improvement, followed by Windows XP. However, with the creation of Windows Vista, the operating system took a complete turn, but was followed with lots of problems. This led to the development of Windows 7, a similar version, but with the flaws debugged. Upon the uprising of touch based devices, Windows 8 was built from scratch in order to adapt to the new era of touch screens.
Microsoft, with the intent to become a competitor with both the iOS and Android operating systems, aims to create an alternative for consumers who are acquainted to the PC versions of Windows by offering various benefits for tablet users. One of the benefits is the use of Windows applications on a Windows tablet.