Finally, users can now enjoy the latest Windows 8 from Microsoft, who says that this is a game-changing version. Ever since Windows 95 was released, all subsequent releases up to Windows 7 had the same basic layout.
One could easily navigate through the menus, since most were familiar with the layout. The version went live on 26th October, and in keeping with their trends, Microsoft made sure that the software was to be used on new computers. The software also works with all tablets, and with some of the latest Smartphones.
The User Interface of Windows 8 provides the user with a completely different design. The traditional desktop is discarded and a “Modern” UI. This design was conceived with the aim of marketing the software to devices that use touchscreen technology. The UI, however, can also be manipulated by use of the mouse and keyboard.
When it comes to applications, there are several that are provided free, but developers will soon start asking for premiums as more people start using Windows 8. A user can run applications that were designed for the older versions, but only on laptops and PC’s.
If a user’s computer or laptop has older version of Windows XP, Vista and &, he or she can upgrade to Windows 8 with no problems. A person, who has XP SP3, will be able to transfer files, and Windows 7 users can keep programs settings and files. The user has to uninstall any incompatible programs before he or she can upgrade.
When a user boots up the computer, it goes into the lock screen. This is a feature that you are familiar with if you have used a Smartphone or a tablet. The user removes the lock screen by swiping upwards on a touch screen enabled computer, or clicks the mouse or presses a key on the keyboard.
This will take the user to the accounts screen where he or she can access the account. The lock screen operates like that of a Smartphone and will show the time, date, and any other personal service applications such as an organizer, weather, mail, etc. Social media applications can also show information on the lock screen.
Upon accessing the account a user will be faced with the different layout, and it will take a few minutes to get used to this layout. This is a full screen start page, and new user will get lost for a while before they realize what the tiles on the screen represent. This new UI is filled with detailed information that the screen looks alive.
Some of the tiles are configured to give live information, and one will see a lot of scrolling text on the start screen. However, the user soon realizes that by touching the tiles, or clicking using the mouse, he or she can access the respective application.
New tiles are added as a user adds more applications, and at one time, the tiles may be too small to see. Users can use the scroll wheel on the mouse to zoom in on the tiles.
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