Windows 8 Operating System
September 15, 2012
Windows 8 Operating System An operating system is the most important system software component of a computer. Examples of some operating systems are UNIX, LINUX, iOS, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Microsoft has designed a new operating system that is in the market now available for users to purchase or upgrade. Their new operating system is called Windows 8. This operating system runs faster and uses more power efficiently than Windows 7. It is also compatible because programs that run on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8. After doing some research and reading an article, I found out that many Windows users are hesitant about switching to the new operating system. I will discuss why many users are hesitant about switching, the significant changes of Windows 8, and new features of Windows 8.
Most of the Windows users know about the current release of Windows 8. According to Styles (2012), “Microsoft is requiring Windows users to switch to a radical new interface. Instead of the traditional keyboard and mouse, Windows 8 users must master a touch screen that works in concert with keyboard and mouse commands.” It looks like many users are not going to switch because the new system is going to have a drastic change in the interface and that will require users to learn how to use it and also is going to actually take time to get used to the new operating system. Many Windows users just got used to the last Window 7 operating system not too long ago and now they will have to adjust to the new changes for the latest system. This cycle will go on like that because new technological advances and changes are increasing every day and something new is going to come out next.
Windows 8 introduces significant changes to the operating system's platform, primarily focused towards improving its user experience on mobile devices such as tablets to rival other mobile operating systems like Android and iOS. Its taking advantage of new or emerging technologies like USB 3.0, UEFI firmware, near field communications, cloud computing and the low-power ARM architecture, new security features such as malware filtering, built-in antivirus capabilities, a new installation process optimized for digital distribution, and support for secure boot, the ability to synchronize certain applications and settings between multiple devices, along with other changes and performance improvements. Windows 8 now has a new shell and user interface based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, featuring a new Start screen with a grid of dynamically updating tiles to represent applications, a new app platform with an emphasis on touchscreen input, and the new Windows Store to obtain and/or purchase applications to run on the operating system.
Some of the new features of Windows 8 include the new start screen, keyboard mouse and touch screen, new PCs, and a new app store. It also now helps the users stay up to date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update. Windows 8 starts up…