Microsoft Windows is the world leading operating system for personal computers. Yet, among smartphones and tablets, Microsoft’s market share is tiny, when compared to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 plans to shift that balance as it releases October 26. You can view and pre-order new desktop and notebook models, along with accessories and books, with Windows 8 at J&R.
There’s a vast appearance change as Microsoft Windows 8 introduces a new graphic user interface. Instead of the usual “Start Bar” at the lower left of the screen, Windows 8 uses Tile and an APP format system that is somewhat similar to those used on smartphones and tablets. It is hoping that PC users will easily adapt to this new operational appearance.
Notebook and desktop users can access these apps by mouse and keyboard controls. The main difference is that Windows 8 is touch-screen friendly. Several all-in-one desktops and a few notebooks already have touch screens for use with Windows 8. Monitor manufacturers plan to release touch displays.
Alongside the release of Windows 8, Microsoft introduces their own tablet, Surface, with two different versions of Windows 8 – one for casual users and one for enterprise. The new Microsoft Office 13 will be compatible for use on personal computers, tablets, and smartphones with Windows 8. Several smartphone manufacturers expect to off Windows 8 in their new product lines.
There are many other new Windows 8 features. Some are rumors and there are few facts. We may need to wait until Microsoft officially releases Windows 8 to discuss them. We do know that Microsoft is serious at transitioning into the mobile market, with several advances in graphics, entertainment, and Internet access. Software and game manufacturers will also be adapting to Windows 8 touch screen approach and other features. Microsoft continues to be aggressive at marketing Bing, their search engine competing with Google. The pioneer of the user-friendly PC plans to demonstrate to office and mobile users that Microsoft remains a dominant force driving technologies and users together.
Microsoft made available a preview of Windows 8 as a download to various different users several months ago. We’re certain that Microsoft heard comments and critics of that version. The official release of Windows 8, as with any great project, is going to excite both users and critics. After all is said and done, Microsoft Windows 8 is likely to be the ruler that other operating systems will try to emulate.