By now everyone who is a PC user probably agrees with me when I say that Microsoft finally got it right with the release of Windows 7 and the bad taste Windows Vista left in our mouths is finally dissipating. Windows 7 is a lot lighter than Windows Vista, more stable and at the same time Microsoft’s engineers were able to add new useful features. But like any other product out there, products need to be improved constantly. Windows 8 is the next step from Windows 7. This time the game is going to be played a little different. The folks at Redmond are working on an operating system that will work seamlessly on a desktop computer and on a tablet. Samsung is stepping up to the plate and it is introducing the first Windows 8 tablet at next week’s Microsoft’s conference. The new tablet will be sporting a new quad-core cpu coupled with and nvidia chipset. A great combination for a tablet to be able to pack a punch. Windows Phone 7 has so far been successful and Windows 8 will some how combine the good things of both worlds, the desktop world and the tablet world. I can’t wait to find out more about this device. You think this new tablet be a real rival to the all mighty Apple iPad?
As mentioned on a couple of very famous blogs, this new design of the latest version of Windows is the most revolutionary on since windows 95. After the release of Windows XP, us Windows users thought that we were somewhat pleased with the stability brought by XP. However we were still waiting for the wild factor, something that would shoot Windows into the future. Windows Vista came a long and it was a big FAIL, the graphics were cool and it introduced nice new features, but the stability was horrible and soon after Windows 7 came along; finally a version of Windows that personally has me very content. What’s next? A question that never fails to make it’s appearance, because us geeks think that the grass is greener on the other side, the other side being the future in this case.
Windows 8, that’s what’s next. As demonstrated on the video below we can notice a look and feel very similar to the Windows Phone 7 interface. It is nice to see that Microsoft was able to incorporate a similar touch functionality as the WP7 to the upcoming desktop version of the OS without losing any of the classic functionality features that we are used to from a Widows machine. As an iPad owner I feel that the iPad is a great tool for reading news, browsing the web, answer emails, playing games, and other light computing uses. The iPad is not fully functional computer, though. A device running a version of Windows 8 could be both. It looks like Windows 8 will run perfectly on a touch enabled tablet and with the use of a mouse and keyboard that same device will transform into a complete PC. I do wonder if Windows 8 will focus on “instant-on” features or if Microsoft will be implementing an AppStore-like feature as the one on the Mac OS.