Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 4

Jun 09, 2013 by Adrian

Windows 8 compatible devicesThis is the final part of my article and I will try to show what's "under the case" of Windows 8. It was very important for Microsoft that their new operating system was at least as fast as Windows 7, and I think that they’ve succeeded to deliver a fast and reliable product.

Performance and compatibility

* Microsoft claims faster boot times than Windows 7, more specifically 70% faster. This faster boot times were tested by many users and it seems that Microsoft is telling the truth. Feel free to share your own experience! ;)

* The tests showed that Windows 8 runs faster and smoother than Windows 7 on the same hardware. So this is practically a free upgrade to the PC’s performance. Also, the basic requirements are very… well, basic.

 - Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
 - RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
 - Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
 - Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
* An excellent backwards compatibility with Windows 7 applications proves to be valuable, because this way companies won’t need to purchase other software suites in order to replace the older ones, as all the existent major applications will run smoothly on Windows 8.

However, there's another side of the coin:

 * Older Windows applications, although will run on Windows 8, will be started in "Desktop Mode". This means that the applications will not benefit from the Metro UI. Also, by running the application in "Desktop Mode", the user may notice that some of the features are missing, or may not be available.
 * Up to this point, not many enterprise software programs have been rewritten for Windows 8, so this means that most of the enterprise software must run in "Desktop Mode".

User experience

The desktop (non-Metro area) experience in Windows 8 is great, Microsoft has tweaked and improved upon the experience from Windows 7. The new task manager can be used by un-experienced users, but "computer geeks" have plenty of information and options available.

Another great improvement is the new dialog box for copying files. The user can handle multiple downloads in the same dialog box, he can pause and resume each individual download and he has more details and options about file collisions.

I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have different opinions about Windows 8, please share them with us. If you don't like Windows 8, don’t forget that Windows 8.1 (which is a free upgrade for Windows 8) is on the horizon.

Other posts from this series:

Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 1
Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 2
Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 3

Tags: Microsoft  Windows 


App Development Company commented on 8/16/2013 10:49:42 AM

Yeah I agree with this post. Window is gaining their market on all connected devices to have in race. They are something very deeply knowledge about the customer needs.


Adrian commented on 8/21/2013 9:06:04 AM

Indeed, it's true that Microsoft have a vast knowledge about the customer needs.

Only that, at least for the mobile market, they've joined the race rather late, years after Apple and Google reached the top. However, they seem to be catching up as Windows Phone sales are rising.

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