Windows 8 – Changing the IT landscape

accfactMicrosoft recently released a Developer Preview of Windows 8 in September. The latest operating system (OS) release from the world’s largest software company. Windows 8 follows in the footsteps of Windows 95; Vista and Windows 7 and from early feedback in the software development community; Windows 8 is being earmarked as a OS that will once again change the way in which we interact with our computers on a daily basis.

Windows-8Codenamed ‘Windows 8’, this new OS is far from being formally released, but it’s clear that the marriage between software and hardware played a major role in the overall design of Windows 8.  For a while now, the world has been moving into the era of touch computing.  If we want to believe it or not, keyboard and mouse driven operating systems and applications are on the way out – Windows 8 makes intuitive finger driven interfaces a reality.

Making your computer work better:

Besides the new interface, improved PC performance was of paramount importance in the design of Windows 8 improving battery life and application performance are key in the design process. Windows 8 will achieve this through:

System on Chip (SoC) Support:

One of the most significant revelations is that Microsoft intends to support the energy-efficient ARM architecture alongside the traditional x86 architectures (Intel / AMD). Furthermore Windows 8 will be able to run on System on Chip (SoC)  made by Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments-opening the door for further Windows growth in the increasingly important mobile and tablets, phones and other portable devices.

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Task Manager:

The new task manager in Windows 8 will automatically suspend all applications that are not on the screen, thus speeding up the system and lowering power usage. This will be helpful for tablets and other ultraportables like Ultrabooks (super thin and super light netbooks and notebooks) that will be released reloaded with Windows 8 in 2012.