What to Expect in Windows 8

In what can be called a dramatic shift in how Windows handles its user experience, Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will handle two different kinds of applications. The operating system is said to have the ability to run standard programs currently made for Windows 7 as well as Web apps built on HTML5 and JavaScript. The user interface itself has also been modified to be more touch-oriented.

With a swipe of your finger, you may be able to launch Windows programs and navigate through the vast majority of the new Web-based apps. To many, this could be taken as a step in the direction of a future Windows potentially being a cloud-based OS such as Chrome or webOS.

Influenced heavily by its Windows Phone 7 operating system, Windows 8 is expected to feature the same touch-optimized live tile system that will operate in much the same way as it does on smartphones. Microsoft hinted that this interface will likely replace the Start menu that has been a hallmark of the iconic operating system since Windows 95.

Microsoft has also promised that Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript will have access to the full power of the PC, rather that being limited by running within a separate application or process.

At this point, Windows 8 is expected to run on Intel and ARM chips. This information is in addition to a promise that the new OS will not increase the system requirements to run Windows 7. This makes Windows 8 the second OS in a row that hasn’t increased the system requirements since Windows Vista, which was considered a disappointment due in part to its heavy hardware demands.

Is this a step in the right direction? Windows 8 is a dramatic leap towards a more Web-based user experience, and the dramatic changes to the Start menu and move towards a more touch-friendly environment may be a sign of things to come. Could Windows actually compete in the tablet space once more with its operating system built to work with touch from the ground up?

9 thoughts on “What to Expect in Windows 8”

  1. Honestly I think its just lame that everyone is making their desktop OS more designed for Cloud computing and Tablet. Yes its great in some ways but the drawback in my perspective is a lot of people still uses Windows for heavy gaming and well the new UI just almost makes us look like not only are we going forward but now we are going backwards in a way. Really I wouldn’t want to see Windows UI look like a Mobile phone especially for when I’m a person who has to pay $100 – $200 for an OS that now ends up turning to look like something that you could get for $10. I really think that Computer manufactures are yes looking to the future but no they are not listening to their customers. Look at apple. They are now Copying from others just to make their OS and in some ways it looks like crap while other ways it looks grate. For Microsoft, they need to look at their history and see what they can do to prevent another Windows ME or Windows Vista. If you haven’t noticed, every other OS in Microsoft’s history turns out to be crap because they try to push something out that doesn’t support things well because they ended up coding the entire OS wrong. What I’m trying to say is Linux, Mac, and Windows needs to do slow transitions instead of instantly throwing something out there which ends up crippling their OS’s purpose.

    1. I do not agree with your argument. Firstly, I do not see how the Win8 UI will have any effect on your gaming needs whatsoever, or crippling the OS’s purpose. In fact, I am excited by the possibilities of the win8 start screen have to fit to everyone’s personal needs. If you are into gaming, you can have tiles on the start screen that inform you of the latest gaming news feed, your gaming stats, online status of your gaming buddies, your system performance, etc all at a glance. The tiles don’t just show you information, but also link you to the relevant programs. And as how the UI looked, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I would certainly pay 100-200 for it.

    2. I do not agree with your argument. Firstly, I do not see how the Win8 UI will have any effect on your gaming needs whatsoever, or crippling the OS’s purpose. In fact, I am excited by the possibilities of the win8 start screen have to fit to everyone’s personal needs. If you are into gaming, you can have tiles on the start screen that inform you of the latest gaming news feed, your gaming stats, online status of your gaming buddies, your system performance, etc all at a glance. The tiles don’t just show you information, but also link you to the relevant programs. And as how the UI looked, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I would certainly pay 100-200 for it.

  2. The world is moving forward, Glad to see Microsoft is too! 
    Although I do wonder if it could run on a raspberry PI….

  3. i wonder if windows 8 will have the chance to run a programm like bootcamp to run also mac and other systems
    hmm

  4. i wonder if windows 8 will have the chance to run a programm like bootcamp to run also mac and other systems
    hmm

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