New Direction of the Windows Operating System, with Windows 8

November 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

I’m sure by now that all of you have seen some soft of advertisement for the next generation of operating systems, Windows 8. I know I’ve seen at least a thousand ads between just the operating system and Microsoft’s flagship tablet, the Surface. If you’ve yet to see one of these ads, take a look at the following video:

As you can see, Windows 8 is quite different from your traditional Windows operating system. The biggest change you’ll notice is that there is no Start button, and the start menu has been totally revamped and changed to the “Modern UI” style paradigm that Microsoft has been pushing. Flashy colors, tiles, fancy animations; it’s all something different, it’s all a lot of change. Windows 8 also also been designed to be used through a touch interface, such as a touchscreen monitor or tablet, along with your regular keyboard and mouse. This might be concerning to people since it is such a drastic change than the Windows operating system that they’re used to, and might turn some consumers away from wanting to use it.

Over the past few months, I’ve been using Windows 8 on both my touchscreen laptop and my custom made desktop. It has all the power of Windows 7 behind it, plus more shortcuts, administrative menus, a more improved copy dialog and task manager, and of course the performance tweaks in the backend to make it a speedy operating system. Then of course, it has the Modern UI start menu, Microsoft’s version of an app store, the new “Charm Menu” (pull out menu from the right side), built in apps like weather, news, messaging, people, and just a slew of other apps. I wish I could have had an actual table to test Window 8 with, because even though I did like it on my machines, I bet it would a feel a lot more natural in a table.

Now, I want to ask a question: would you want to make the move to Windows 8, where it would be your main operating system? If you were a system administrator for ISU, would you want to deploy it out to the lab computers, or your staff computers? Don’t get me wrong, I think that Windows 8 is fantastic, but for a consumer. I can’t really see 8 really being introduced into the enterprise environment, at least anytime soon. The operating system is really mean to be used on mobile tablets. These are the kind of things that you have to think about as a systems administrator, would you want to push this next generation of operating system out to all of yours user? Do you think 8 fits in an enterprise environment?

Windows 8 really is the next generation of consumer computing, in my opinion. I feel that it is very attractive to your regular every day user who is going to just browse the internet, watch movies, listen to music, and just use it for fun. Although 8 supports a number of new features, power users like myself won’t be using a number of them, mainly the Modern UI, the new Start menu, and the apps. But, your opinion is based on how you’d use it. If you’re an IT student here, you can sign up for the MSDNAA and receive free (and legal!) copies of various Microsoft products, including Windows 8. So check it out, form your own opinions, and of course don’t forget to take the quiz!

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