On October 25, Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in New York City. Paul Allen, one of Microsoft’s founders weighs in on Windows 8 - Paul Allen likes Windows 8 — well, except for a few things.
There are two modes one targeted at tablets “Windows 8 style” (formerly referred to as “Metro Style”) and one targeted at conventional PCs. One of the most significant changes in Windows 8 is the lack of the familiar Start menu. Instead, Windows 8 features a Start screen. and that’s just the beginning. Read more about the features in Features I Like in Windows 8.
Windows 8: Preview
Watch a short video to see some of the new things you can do with Windows 8. For detailed product and feature information, download the Windows 8 Release Preview Guide PDF (available in English only).
Windows 8: Upgrades
According to this official Microsoft blog post, if you own a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or a Windows 7PC, you are eligible for a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.
According to the Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 upgrade offer you must purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 to be eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is 28 February 2013.
The purchase of Windows 8 includes 90-days of no-charge support from Microsoft, commencing when Windows 8 installation and activation is complete.
Windows 8: System requirements
Here are the basic hardware requirements from Upgrading to Windows 8: What you need to know (FAQ):
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- 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
Additional requirements to use certain features:
- To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
- To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
- To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
Wrapping Up Windows 8
Bill Gates may be excited about Windows 8, but I’m not. Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft has struggled with some of the more “puzzling aspects” of the new Windows 8 OS.
I am a long time Windows XP desktop user who is comfortable but not impressed with my partner’s Windows 7 OS. I do need a new computer before the year ends but I won’t be upgrading to Windows 8.
Unlike Windows 7, Windows 8 takes the OS in a very new direction. Gartner research analyst, Gunnar Berger reviewed Windows 8 – Bad is his one word summation for desktop users. He found Windows 8 easy to use and remarkably fast, but tough to navigate on anything other than a touchscreen-enabled tech device.
Well, I don’t own a touchscreen device. I’m a desktop user who doesn’t want to be a BETA tester in this Windows tablet/desktop transformation experiment. I’ll be waiting for Windows 9 or maybe even Windows 10. I might even check into what Apple has to offer.
- Windows 8 belongs on older PCs like a fish needs a bicycle (zdnet.com)
- Going into Windows 8, Windows is Still the Top Operating System (lockergnome.com)