Microsoft’s new operating system is already available on the market, so here are some useful pieces of advice in case you are planning on upgrading to Windows 8. Getting accustomed with the main features of the operating system will enable you to appreciate the true value of Windows 8.
CNN reporters were present at the launching event of Microsoft’s Windows 8 and they were able to get full insights into the program. Although the new tablet, Surface, was most of the time in the center of attention, the hosts of the event made a brief presentation of Windows 8 components, as well.
The first reviews of Windows 8 claimed the software was too complicated to be used by customers who are less tech-savvy, but Microsoft executives stated during the presentation that their new product is just as easy as the previous ones. All users have to do is get used to the new look of the software. The traditional desktop image we’ve had so far has been replaced with a much more playful, colorful and touchable Start Screen because Microsoft wants Windows 8 to be compatible with touchscreen devices, be they PCs, smartphones or tablets.
Competitors like Android and iOS have proven that software programs need not have an all-work-and-no-play look in order to be professional, so Microsoft decided to be more casual, too. The company produced only four versions for the new system, namely, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT and Windows 8 Enterprise. The previous systems used to come in a wider range of versions, but very few of them were actually sold.
If you want to get a full experience of Windows 8, analysts recommend installing it on a touchscreen PC or laptop. The program works just as well with non-touchscreen devices, but you will miss the fun part. It is best to wait for a few months before you upgrade to Windows 8 because the first version usually has bugs and glitches.
Microsoft has prepared a good deal for its customers. The price for Windows 8 Pro was dropped to $200 and owners of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP can upgrade to the new system with just $40. The deal will be available until the end of January 2013.