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Windows 8 – First Look

Windows 8 LogoOn 26th October, Microsoft unleashes its latest incarnation of the Windows Operating System to the public. Over the next few weeks’ posts, we’ll be covering some of the major differences between Windows 7 and 8, and how they will impact your home and business use.

While not yet available to the general public, we’ve managed to get our hands on a few preview copies, so we’ve had a look around and come up with a few interesting points that we think every possible user should consider.

One of the major changes in this version of windows is its general design and feel. Microsoft has obviously had to step up its game with regards to design philosophy and usability, to keep up with competitors Apple, and Google (especially in the mobile market) while still retaining the functionality of its previous operating systems. Until recently, Microsoft had named this new user interface style “Metro Style”, but after a legal altercation with German retailer Metro AG, they have yet to come up with a new name for this style and have instead named it “Windows Design Style” for the time being. Across the net, though, the name ‘Metro’ seems to have stuck, and many reviewers and bloggers are still referring to this new design as “Metro Style” – so it looks like they’re going to have to come up with a pretty catchy name to replace it.

Its colourful, blocky style is something that most users will find visually appealing, and it lends itself quite well to all sorts of devices, which was another one of Microsoft’s goals – To provide better support for the various types of tablet and touchscreen PCs that are popping up, while retaining the ease of use Windows has had in the past for Desktop users. Its start menu is now a full start screen presented in this new ‘Metro’ style.

In the next post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the features that lie beneath Microsoft’s new design.

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