Just like Apple and Google, Windows 8 also has its own 'App Store'. You can download your favorite apps right onto your devices and the downloaded apps from the store will be shown on your 'Home Screen'.
Microsoft officially launched the latest version of its flagship operating system ‘Windows 8’, Thursday at an event in New York City. Microsoft says it’s a complete “reimagining of the Windows OS” and it has an entirely different look from its predecessor, Windows 7. Designed with touch in mind, Windows 8 will support a wide range of devices, including touch- and stylus-based smartphones and tablet PCs as well as desktop and laptop machines.
Don’t call it Metro. Call it ‘Windows 8’
The main difference between Windows 8 and windows 7 is the “Start screen interface”. Microsoft dumped the classic ‘Start button ‘and introduced a home screen with colorful array of tiles, which can feature updated information from the applications, making it look similar to a “Windows Phone 7 devices”. Earlier the tile design was called “Metro” by Microsoft, now they are calling the design “Windows User Interface.”
Microsoft’s Own App Store
Just like Apple and Google, Windows 8 also has its own ‘App Store’. You can download your favorite apps right onto your devices and the downloaded apps from the store will be shown on your ‘Home Screen’. Tapping on an app icon will launch the App.
Although windows App store is relatively new, there are already a fairly substantial number of apps available in the store, including Netflix and Box. For India, there is a wide range of immersive, free and paid apps including MakeMyTrip, BookMyShow, JustEat, Burrp, Goibibo, Hindustan Times, Bharat Matrimony, ICICI Bank iMobile, ICICIDirect, MapmyIndia, Yahoo Cricket, and Zovi.
The new Windows devices will be running one of two different versions of Windows: Windows 8 and Windows RT. Windows 8 for desktop PC and Laptops and Windows RT for tablets and smart phones.
Windows RT (Run Time) is optimized to run on tablets running on ARM chips, which are mobile chips similar to what you might find in your phone. The Windows RT can only run apps that are downloaded from the Windows App Store. Windows 8 can run apps downloaded from the App store as well as the ones that you may already use on your Windows 7 PC.
Note- Microsoft’s Surface tablet also will be coming in two versions, one running Windows RT and one running Windows 8. Make sure you are having the correct version of the operating system you want, if you are planning to buy one.
System Requirements and Upgrading
System requirements for Windows 8 are same as that of Windows 7.So if you have a PC running Windows 7, then you can easily upgrade to Windows 8. Microsoft claims; the upgrading will dramatically improve the computer’s performance. More over upgrading will reduce the use of memory, making it boot faster and improves computer’s battery life.
There are 2 primary versions for Windows 8- ‘Windows 8 Pro’ and ‘Windows 8’. And for large organizations, ‘Windows 8 Enterprise ‘is available.
Download Windows 8 Now
You can now download Windows 8 Pro for Rs 1,999, which is a part of Microsoft’s special limited period offer. To download Windows 8 Pro, Click here.
Microsoft will also offer the Physical Media (DVD) of Windows 8 for Rs 3,800.
For users who have purchased Windows 7 PCs after June 2,2012 are eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 for Rs 699. This offer is valid till 31 January 2013. For more details on this offer click this link.
So what do you think of the new Windows 8? Are you planning on buying a new computer running Windows 8? Or upgrading your existing PC to Windows 8?