While Microsoft may have some stiff competition from other software providers, it still sets a standard for other software developers and distributors. It’s also still in the lead for software on computers, laptops and other computing devices.The newest addition to the Windows family has been speculated and rumored about for some time. However, now, Windows 8 has finally been revealed and this Windows 8 review shows you what to expect from the latest operating system from Microsoft.
According to sources, this version has improved apps and new features, including an app called Metro. The newest version of Windows is set to be released on the Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook. The laptop is said to be very thin and light, with an Intel Core i5 processor. During a recent test-drive of the new software, it was found that Windows 8 has new touchpad features. Although you have to download drivers for this feature, they can prove to be very useful. The test-drive of this feature showed that it works a lot like a tablet, down to the two finger scrolling.
Windows 8 Review
All in all, reviews were good for the newest version of Windows. It was reported to have a selection of Metro-styled applications, with a revised and polished operating system. The biggest change from Windows 7 to Windows 8 was the addition of its apps. These apps are apparently there for use with digital media, communications, such as messaging and email, and information, in general.
There are three reported Metro apps for news, travel and sports. These apps can be combined with the pre-released apps for weather and finance, for more practical use in the hands of the average consumer. All of these apps are said to rely heavily on Bing, a search engine. Other apps included in this new version are the Wikipedia app, two different Twitter client apps and an improved Amazon Kindle Reader.
There are more social apps on this version. Users will be able to connect to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more. All of these apps are integrated, so people won’t have to sign into multiple accounts, on multiple screens, for use on several apps at one time.
Windows 8 also incorporated live tiles, snapped views and items that can be pinned directly to the desktop. Windows Media Center was not included in this version, but there are other apps that can handle the demand for video, music and photos. All of these features are Metro-oriented, turning the desktop into a dashboard.
A feature that might surprise users is the new version of Internet Explorer. This also has a Metro feel to it, with a fully integrated Flash Player. Traditionally, the Flash Player has been installed as a plugin. However, with Win 8, Flash Player by Adobe will by part of the browser. It will get its updates by directly from Microsoft. This is an added convenience for users that roll their eyes that the manual updates directed by popups. It is being released with the newest version of the Flash Player- version 11.3. While there is a selection of existing apps on this Windows version, more are sure to come.
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