Windows 8 is dramatically different, in both look and user experience, from any PC interface that’s come before it. The first thing you notice when you fire up Windows 8 is that the familiar Start button is gone. The new Start Screen is an interface that’s built for touch where tiles instead of menus are used to get to the programs you want. To enable you to access the Start Screen on a touch device Microsoft introduced a little something called Charms. Its overall purpose is to provide quick access to several commonly-needed features, including search, sharing, the Start screen, hardware devices, and settings.
Microsoft also created the Microsoft Store, offering both desktop and Modern UI apps, both free and paid.
With its sight on helping multi-taskers, Microsoft overhauled its desktop management which makes using multiple monitors more efficient. Another useful addition to Microsoft 8 is the integration with cloud capabilities.
All these changes seem pretty nice and I do like most of them myself. But are they to much? I for one am not a fan of the multiple interfaces which arise due to programs which cannot run in the new interface. What do you think?
From the early days of MS-DOS, when mice were considered unnecessary, to the introduction of the Start button and the various tweaks since, it’s incredible how far Windows design has come over the years.
Are you going to use Windows 8?