Ever since Microsoft launched Windows 8 in October 2012, it has been the topic of discussion in the tech world. Boasting of a user interface with tiles, you can pin as many tiles as you want and move them around so it’s just the way you want it. Many new features have been introduced in Windows 8 operating system which helps the users to not only access apps and functionalities easily but also complete the task effectively.
The loading and booting up speed has improved dramatically over Windows’ predecessors. Better resource allocation and the system is one of the reason for the increase in boot speed. When compared to the traditional Windows desktop CPU and Windows 7, Windows 8 has an even quicker boot time.
What’s the secret behind improving so much over Windows 7. Hibernating the system kernel, everytime you shut down so that it acts almost like a partial hibernation is the technique Windows 8 employs. Hence when the system is rebooted, the previous session’s ‘memory’ gets reinitialized quicker.
The Metro User Interface or tiles-based interface, will be the first thing you will notice when logging in to Windows 8. The first impression you get is that the UI seems to go well with touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets. Indeed, in devices like these you have to tap the applications to open them. The grid layout seems to helps with such interactions. Needless to say, you can personalize your grid by arranging and adding applications.
The best thing, is that Windows 8 not only allows you to customize your desktop by organizing but also displays real-time information through them. The weather app is capable of revealing the current temperature in a city without activating the app. The same applies for emails as well. Just a look is all you need to be notified and take action on those which are urgent.
In Windows 8 there exists no search box at the Start menu’s bottom. Infact it doesn’t have a Start menu. Don’t fret, it doesn’t mean that search functionality doesn’t exist. When you start typing anything, a search box will appear from the right and give you the results. The searching capability is stronger this time that displays all the matching apps and files instantaneously.
You can search within apps that utilizes Windows 8 features. The search pane popping out on the right of your desktop will contain the list of apps which you can conduct the search in. For instance, if you’re looking for emails sent by any particular sender, just typing that name and clicking on the email app would allow you to search from within.
Windows To Go is a feature that allows users to make a copy of their Operating System including their settings, apps, files and even wallpapers, into a USB pen drive. When plugged it into another computer with the operating system Windows 8 already installed, you can boot up the computer and make it look exactly like the operating system you use, with all settings intact.
This feature would be of vital help in case your system is virus-infected or crashed. It could be revived by simply plugging in the hard drive with your last saved settings. There is no need to worry if the PC is down, just plugging in the hard drive into another system with Windows 8 installed and you can continue your work. But still, users can bring their office work in a hard drive rather than a bulkier laptop.
Similar to Windows To Go, Windows 8 features include Windows Live syncing, such that users can login with ‘Live ID’ on any Windows 8 PC work conviniently. Everytime users login on a PC with their Windows Live account, the desktop looks the same. Hence migrating to a new computer is easier comparatively when the user has all the essential settings synced.