Windows 8 is on the way!

I have recently upgraded to Windows 7, which is why I kind of wasn’t that pleased when Microsoft announced (early last week) that it was getting set to launch its next operating system, Windows 8, some time next year – probably around April.

At the Build developers’ conference in California, Microsoft unveiled the new operating system, (no doubt still in early beta stages) and gave us a sneak peak at to what is in store in the next version of Windows.

They stated that the core foundation of Windows 8 was Windows 7, but better! To quote Steven Sinofsky exactly, he said:

…everything that was great about windows 7, well we took that and we made it even better in Windowws 8!

Despite saying this, this version of Windows OS looks like it has had a dramatic overall.

Windows is currently under more pressure than ever before in its long, domineering history. In the past the cheap, affordable and compatible OS, always used to be Microsoft’s Windows. Now however Apple are putting increasing pressure on Windows, along with Google’s new attempt to bring down the giant of Windows in the form of Chrome OS.

Hence why Windows 8 seems to be dramatically different to all previous versions of Windows.

So what is going to be different? Well for starters, for the first time ever, a Windows OS will be compatible with low power ARM-designed processors.

Also, from the glimpses and comments that Microsoft have currently given us/made, it looks like Microsoft are attempting to make Windows a more ‘family friendly’ operating system, in that it’s more of a media based OS. This is probably done to try and steer away from the classical view of Windows in that it is an operating system designed primarily for spreadsheets, documents and other work/business related tasks.

Windows 8 Start Screen

A glimpse at the probably new start screen design for Windows 8

In addition to this, Windows 8 will support touchscreen devices, possible Microsoft’s way of saying “get ready for Windows Tablet guys!” who knows.

Microsoft knows that it has to pull something pretty special out of the bag this time, or it could seriously loose its foot in the computing market, not only due to the increased competition, but also because users are slowly moving away from desktops and laptops, and towards smart phones and tablets.

That’s pretty much all the information I have at the moment, however no doubt we will have loads of updates on Technology Bloggers for you, as soon as we find out more about this new OS πŸ™‚

What do you think and hope for with Windows 8? Do you speculate that it will be another Vista – i.e. slow and laggy, incompatible, riddle with bugs, and hated by many tech gurus, or will it be like Vista to 7, a breath of fresh air?

27 thoughts on “Windows 8 is on the way!

  1. Windows 8 even bundled with a free antivirus, something more solid than the Windows Defender. I am expecting it to be better than the Microsoft Security Essential. But with Microsoft trying to dominate as well the antivirus market, it might affect those vendors that provide free antivirus such as AVG, Avast, and many more πŸ™‚

    • Christopher (admin team)

      Not sure I will ever rely on a Windows Anti-Virus Alan πŸ˜›
      Windows does the OS, let someone else do the virus protection.

  2. Well, I’m pretty much satisfied with windows 7 and it’s functioning and suddenly announcement about windows 8 is really unexpected. I think windows 8 will provide much more functionality which support tablets and smart phones like touch screen working and so on.

  3. The looks and features of Windows 7 makes it better than the previous versions and I am really satisfied with it. I am expecting some more and better features in Windows 8, especially some advanced image editing software.

  4. I must admit that I get less excited about O/S launches, mostly because it is the apps that make a device, and the o/s has limited interaction with the average user. Sure, it controls inputs/outputs, windows, the user experience, but it will be how they (MS) allow developers to interact with it (the device) that is important.

    Interestingly they have decided not to support third party add-ons on the Metro version of 8 — so no flash, silverlight, etc.

    I’m a big fan of Win7, after the train wreck that was Vista, so Win8 will need to go all out to excite me. A shiny new front end is all I see at the moment!

    • Christopher (admin team)

      I know I heard about that, no Flash, it’s crazy!
      Going the same way as the iPad…

      “A shiny new front end is all I see at the moment!” – and that’s what Vista looked like initially!

  5. The developer version is out and its fresh. Something windows hasn’t been able to do.
    After checking it out for a while, I was impressed with the new Start Screen, the windows app store and the UI of the lock screen. But somehow it suits tablets and mobile devices better than it suits computers.
    Also, security has become completely hidden. Automated with its in-built anit-virus and windows update, annoying notifications on the system tray should be a part of the past.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      Do you think that they need to make a tablet/mobile OS and a PC one? I think they do, you just can’t expect the PC to run the same stuff that a tablet does, and likewise a tablet to run the same stuff a mobile phone does.

      Google do it but with phones and PC’s, one OS for their phones (Android) and one for their laptops (Chrome).

  6. Hi Christopher!
    I am a Windows lover, I know people are mostly using Mac system nowadays, but I am too used to Windows, so I will use the operating system that makes my work easiest πŸ™‚

    I love Windows 7, and happy also excited to know the newer Windows 8 that is now also available to test, but I don’t really like the interface, it just imports the windows smartphone interface, in my opinion.

    However, I want to be surprised by Win8 once it is released


    • Christopher (admin team)

      I think that Window’s share of the market is still pretty big Kimi – you are not alone!

      “However, I want to be surprised by Win8 once it is released” – I think we all want that Kimi!

      Thanks for your contribution, welcome to the Technology Bloggers community πŸ™‚
      Christopher – Admin Team

  7. I’m probably going to be one of the last people to upgrade to 8. I primarily use Linux and only use Windows 7 for games, so I can afford to wait until games start requiring Windows 8, which I’m sure will be a long time from now.

  8. This is a nice design change for windows, but I’m not sure how well this complete tablet like interface will translate to the desktop. Most people will find the loss of the start button a bit disconcerting and may not like the interface. I’m not entirely sure that it’s all that intuitive.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      I know what you mean about the new interface, but no doubt we will get used to it.

      Thanks for your contribution Richard, welcome to Technology Bloggers commenting community!
      Christopher – Admin Team

    • Christopher (admin team)

      “Let’s all hope that this version won’t be like vista.” – Seconded!

      Thanks for your contribution, welcome to the blog πŸ™‚
      Christopher – Admin Team

  9. It is great that Windows had finally thought of thins innovation. I think that a lot of people would find Windows 8 very convenient. I feel that the tablets will continue to evolve and Windows 8’s new features will become even more useful.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      I think you may be right Edward πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your comment, welcome to the community πŸ™‚
      Christopher – Admin Team

  10. It looks like Microsoft is putting everything they can in to Windows 8 in a bid to keep up with the gradual shift from PC and laptops to tablets and smartphones.
    Sophie Hobson, deputy editor London Loves Business

    • Christopher (admin team)

      I would agree with that Sophie. Now that they have some serious competition, Microsoft seem to be taking more care in making sure its operating systems only get better!

      Thanks for your comment Sophie, welcome to Technology Bloggers πŸ™‚
      Christopher – Admin Team

  11. After many years of Microsoft bringing out newer versions of Windows the way it wants, it seems that competition is really hotting up and forcing the mighty MS to move more with the times.
    It’s good to see they are prepared to move away from the conventional desktop type view and adopt something a little more usable with a variety of different devices.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      It would seem that adaptability is crucial in the OS market at the moment Don!

      Thanks for your contribution, welcome to the community πŸ™‚
      Christopher – Admin Team

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