Windows 8 is a planned release of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems being produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. The release to manufacturing (RTM) is expected in the first week of August 2012.
We can reasonably assume from the successes of its predecessor, the next-generation operating system tries to improve too much, too quickly, and far too radically. It's fails to do so.
As we've all seen, Windows 8 is highly gropeable. It wants you to touch it, and frankly touch is the easiest way to get around. Windows 8 doesn't come with a quick tutorial yet, so although the workflow is easy, it's not necessarily obvious.
Three default gestures will come with all laptops that have touchpads: Pinch-to-zoom, two-finger scroll along the X and Y axes, and edge swiping.
Unlike Windows 7, which had six variants, Windows 8 has only four: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RT (for ARM tablets), and Windows 8 Enterprise. On Wednesday, the company published more information about the latter.
Microsoft is integrating Flash directly into Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and doing so in a way that does not undermine the safety and reliability of the Metro environment.
Upgrading to Windows 8 is neither recommended nor discouraged by ResNet, and is down to personal preference. We expect that all prebuilt (OEM) PCs will be shipped with Windows 8. It is not clear at this time whether Windows 8 Home (the standard version) will have downgrade rights to Windows 7.
Communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said the company "confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to release to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August" and "will reach general availability by the end of October". Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide, he noted.
In Windows 8, the Media Center product is separate from the main operating system, and buyers of new systems will have to pay for it. Anyone upgrading with this promotion will, however, be able to install the Media Center add-on for free, avoiding the forfeiture of features that they currently use.
The downside is that they [Apps] still seem suited more for tablets than PCs, if you accept the standard definition of a tablet being used to consume content and a PC used to create it. You won't find Office or similar content creation tools among the Metro apps yet, showing yet again that the Metro interface seems designed more for tablets than traditional PCs and laptops.
In a similar fashion as Mac OS X Lion borrowed heavily from Apple's iOS, Windows 8 borrows heavily from Windows Phone 7. The new operating system features "live tiles," which lets users access apps and view updated live information (such as notifications).
Windows 8 represents the most radical change to Microsoft’s operating system in quite a long time--perhaps ever.
A new rumor undercuts an earlier rumor that Microsoft will charge hardware makers $100 per Windows 8 license for the devices they make. Now DigiTimes is reporting the number has dropped to $80-$100 for the Windows 8 Pro x86 version and $60-$80 for the ARM-based Windows RT version that doesn't support legacy applications.
Anticipation of Windows 8 devices coming out this fall has predictably led to sluggish sales of PCs in the past quarter as customers wait to decide whether they want in on the new operating system, according to an IDC report.