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Gazing through the window: Where is Microsoft taking us next?
We take a look through the history, heritage and future of Microsoft Windows
Since the eighties it has evolved and developed, keeping pace with the hurtling speed at which computer software has developed. Windows 8 represents the next big change.
Described by Microsoft as the reimagining of Windows, this version discards some of the operating system’s most familiar aspects to make way for a new generation of hardware. And, with the launch just around the corner, it’s time to get excited because the ‘way we work’ is about to get better and more efficient once again.
As with every significant change it will take time to get used to, whether you are a software developer, IT professional or computer user or mobile device enthusiast. For this reason, as with any technological development, training to ensure users and getting absolutely all they can from the new system will be essential.
For starters, Windows 8 will look completely different for the user, who will be presented with a personalised colourful start screen - a departure from the rather formal layouts in pervious years. Users will click or tap a tile to run an app, view a web page or go to the Windows desktop, which is where all the usual programmes will be found.
How is Windows 8 different?
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Windows 7 didn’t try to dazzle users, but on the flipside, Windows 8 is all-singing all-dancing epitome of modern technology, showing off its many capabilities. We already know that these include a Bing app, which shows search results as a horizontal list of scrolling tiles.
With its colourful interface, increased security and compatibility with its predecessors, Windows XP was one of Microsoft’s most popular operating system to-date. Despite its success Microsoft was keen to develop a cleaner more modern look so its operating system, which looked out of date in comparison to Mac OS X.
And in 2007 Windows Vista was born, dressed in a flashy translucent interface with a new start menu and larger icons. Despite its showy appearance, Windows Vista was criticised for poor performance and compatibility issues, making some even regret upgrading from Windows XP. In 2009 Microsoft left its Vista operating systems behind with the launch of Windows 7, which had a much more minimalist feel. Windows 8 is so different in appearance and functionality that users are, to some extent, being asked to take a leap into the unknown.
While Windows 8 may take some getting used to, with the right training and understanding of this modern and relevant operating system, it will become a valuable business asset presenting exciting opportunities. Get started today with tech specialist Ed Bott’s eBook, Windows 8 Head Start.
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