Windows 8 Finally Out!
Microsoft’s vision for the future of computers builds a new world for Windows. It works well with a mouse and keyboard, and it’s great with touch screens. Believe it or not, it takes some time to get used to. Things don’t look the same. Windows’ new features include new application system and screen, sync, and real-time updates. Not only has Windows shown they have made a strong OS but Microsoft has also stated that they will be making new hardware to accompany W8.
There are two ways to get Windows 8, which reached the public on October 26. You can buy a new computer or tablet running them, which is an attractive option because Microsoft is mandating its strictest standards ever for hardware manufacturers. However, Microsoft desperately wants people who own older Windows computers to upgrade. If you bought your Windows machine after June 2, 2012, but before January 31, 2013, you’ll be able to buy an upgrade license for $14.99. People with older Windows 7, Vista, and XP computers will be able to upgrade for $39.99.
Overall Microsoft made an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price. Although the new app navigation is not easy to understand, and there are too many “unknown unknowns”, “Windows 8 embraces the future wholeheartedly. Log-in and boot times are fast, the apps look gorgeous, and the Sync feature brings seamless transition between devices” (CNET).