Windows 8 is set to be unveiled on October 25. This was confirmed by Tami Reller during the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada September 17.
The scheduled release also coincides with the expected release of the Microsoft Surface. Just like its predecessors, Windows 8 will likewise be launched in New York City. Microsoft unveils new versions of Windows every three years but the release of the latest version is the most highly anticipated since 1995.
Windows 8 is designed to run both on personal computers and touch-based tablet computers. The Redmond-based company intends to come up with its own tablet in order to challenge the Apple iPad. Known as the Surface, it would also be up against companies such as Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 set to be released sometime this month.
The launch of Windows 8 is expected to boost demand for laptops and personal computers. Other companies like Hewlett Packard and Dell is banking on Microsoft’s new operating system as it plans to release a hybrid machine (part laptop, part tablet). The two companies are also planning to unveil tablets running on Windows 8 making them direct competitors of the Surface.
So what can we expect from Windows 8? The word that describes the change is radical. The desktop we used to know in the previous versions will give way for the so-called Modern UI (User Interface) intended for use in touchscreens as well as for mouse and keyboard. Downloading of apps will now be made via the Windows Store which has similar functions as the Apple App Store and Google Play. At the moment, there are a few apps and most of them are free.
Running applications from previous versions of Windows is still possible but only on PCs and laptops. The traditional desktop will be gone. With Windows 8, booting will lead users directly to the lock screen as well as on a Windows 8 RT tablet. In the lock screen, you will see the time, date, as well as provides a detailed information of an app of your choice.
The new Start screen will provide live information such as the current weather, latest news, emails, among others. To change the arrangement of the icons, you can simply tap on a tile and drag it to a new position. Tiles can be shrunk or enlarged allowing convenience in finding most used apps.
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