Windows 8 is a very integrated type of OS, it’s what made me excited about Maemo back when I first got my Nokia N9. It’s been something many companies have been trying to do for a long time.
Remove the need for so many apps, and integrate all the things people really use often tightly with the operating system. It’s something phone operating systems like iOS and Android have come along with much further than desktop versions (so far). But with Windows 8, things are changing. There’s finally a truly cross device OS with a seamless experience on your phone, your tablet and your desktop.
Plus you login directly to the OS itself using your Windows Live/MSN account – pretty convenient! The thing which everyone talks about, and works so beautifully on touch screen appliances is the Metro UI Start Center. It’s an extremely visual and self explanatory representation of what you might want to on your computer.
And the integration works really well, once you’ve connected your Gmail account you get your contacts in the People Center and your e-mail in the rather good looking e-mail client (Along with your Hotmail account of course).
The part I really enjoy is the What’s new section of the People Center where it combines all your streams and shows you what’s going on, including pictures from Twitter and Facebook.
This works especially well on a tablet as you scroll across the stream, it’s cool on a desktop too and something great to have on a 2nd or 3rd monitor – rather than having to always open the Facebook and Twitter websites.
Microsoft has spent a lot of time simplifying things too and making them more visually obvious, Windows has had almost all the features Apple Mac OSX fanboys tout as revolutionary for YEARS – they just haven’t packaged them so nicely and given them fancy monikers like “Time Machine”.
Now they are starting to do that so I’m guessing a whole lot more people with start seeing the power of Windows. Take the app updates for example, so much more pleasant than the current Windows Update.
Of course there’s a plain old Desktop mode too if you’re into that sort of thing – it’s also more effective to use on a non-touchscreen device.
For those who bought a Windows 7 PC from June 2 onwards, you can upgrade to Windows 8 for just $14.99USD (~RM49.92). For more info check out www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.
I honestly haven’t used Windows 8 Pro on a day to day basis for an extended period, so I can’t comment on the nitty gritty parts of the OS – but if it’s as stable as Windows 7, there won’t be any issues.
If you want to grab a new desktop and install Windows 8 or upgrade your existing rig to Windows 8, you can purchase it at USD39.99 (RM122). For more, logon to windows.my. If you want to buy at a regular retailer you can do so for RM229, these special prices are only valid until January 31st 2013.