Windows 8: The Technical Side
Microsoft's new operating system after Windows 7, Windows 8 has finally been released and sold over 100 million copies in the early months of its sale. These figures are almost at par with the commercial sale account of its predecessor, Windows 7.
Windows 8 comes with brand new features which include enhanced performance and their new Metro Tiles. The operating system claims to deliver the maximized user experience and comfort. Windows 8, the new and improved operating system from Microsoft Corporation includes brand new eye catching features that attracted technocrats and computer addicts from across the globe even before its release. Microsoft began development of the long awaited Windows 8 even before the release of Windows 7 which turned out to be a grant market success. With the reputation of Windows 7 to back it up, the crew began their work on the new platform looking to deliver the best output possible. Dating back from September in 2011, the operating system released three previews till the month of May in 2012. The operating system runs with Windows NT kernel version 6.2.
One of the many key features of Windows 8 is its new dynamic tiles which constantly updates to several news feeds and emails keeping the user in touch with the upcoming events. The consolidation technique has worked out as a very impressive way to organize and display application and their status right on the Start Screen. This has replaced the traditionally available start menu with rows and columns of tiles in Windows for which several critical comments have remarked unnecessary since this has made the use of Windows 8 harder using a mouse and a keyboard. Even still, it has turned out to be a commercial success with perplexed comments.
Windows 8 features USB 3.0 connectivity and built-in virus protection avoiding the necessity for external antivirus software that eats up a huge amount of RAM. It has also included several other built in functionality that enable users to completely avoid installation of other software. Many users find it very convenient and space saving. Windows 8 also features cloud computing and near field communications. It has also embedded 4kn Advanced Format into its platform. Another interesting specification of Windows 8 is its incredible booting and shut down speed. This is greatly achieved through UEFI technology.
The minimum necessary hardware requirements for the smooth functioning of the OS are as follows:
Processor: 1 GHz
RAM: 1GB for x86, 2GB for x64
Graphics: DirectX 9
Screen: 1024x768 pixels
Inputs: Keyboard and Mouse
Hard Disk Space: 16GB for x86, 20GB for x64
The recommended hardware requirements for the best possible functioning of Windows 8 are as follows:
Processor: 1 GHZ
Graphics: DirectX 10
Screen: 1366x768 pixels
Inputs: Multi-Touch Screen
Hard Disk Space: 20GB
Windows 8 can be run on a touch or non-touch interface. The best performance of Windows 8 is experienced with a touch screen input. This has greatly resulted in the negative reception of Windows 8 and has attracted lots of critics which blame the developers for alienating the majority users who are still using a keyboard and mouse as input methods.