Windows 8 is the newest operating system from Microsoft Inc which was released on the 1st of August 2012 and it was released generally for the public on the 6th October 2012 and it is the predecessor of Windows 7.
Windows 8 is a hybrid operating system which can run on both touchscreen and non-touchscreen devices, although touchscreen are more favored. It was built on the Windows NT kernel 6.2.
Windows 8 is indeed a great operating system that was built with the emerging technology people dreamt of, such as low power ARM architecture with the support of many hardware like the NVIDEA GPU, near field technology, cloud computing with windows live ID which gives users access to services and applications and synchronize files directly to skydrive, USB 3.0 and others.
SECURITIES INCLUDED ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- Antivirus capabilities combined with windows defenders.
- Installation of digital distribution.
- Support for secure boot.
Windows 8 started right after the shipment of Windows 7, Microsoft announces at the customer electronic show in January 2011, that their next Windows will add support for the ARM micro-processor and a new application framework called “Jupiter”.
WINDOWS 8 REVIEW:
In as much as the operating system is great, but there are many challenges facing users, most of them are as follows:
THE NEW START SCREEN
The new start screen called the metro style is the new style Microsoft adopt for the management and controlling software, which is the major difficulty faced by the users that made them not to welcome the new future desktop with ease especially those with a non-touchscreen devices, therefore they often switch to the classic Windows 7 style which includes the following: taskbar, explorer, desktop and so all. It is been believed that the new operating system is meant for tablet and phones which made it entirely useless with laptop and desktop.
THE START BUTTON
The start button that was removed on Windows 8 is indeed a big headache for users of non-touchscreen device, so this was one of the biggest bugs of desktop and laptop users, that is why it was said that Windows 8 is a hybrid which favored the touchscreen devices but useless on non-touch device.
REQUIREMENTS OF INSTALLING WINDOWS 8.
- Processor: 1gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX and SSE2
- Ram: 1gigabyte (32-bit) or 2gigabytes (64-bit)
- Graphic card: Directx9 graphic driver with WDDM 1.0 or higher.
- Running metro style App: 1024 * 768 or greater screen resolution
- Secure boot features: Firmware must support UEFI V2.31 errata B and should have Microsoft support certificate authority in the UEFI signature database.
Note: Windows 8 can be checked automatically using a special program developed by Microsoft called Windows 8 upgrade assistant which scan and identify if the device can be able to run the operating system.
Do you think non-touch users upgrading to Windows 8.1? its worth it?