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Are you Ready for Windows 8?

published 20/04/2012

Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft Windows operating system is expected to be released later this year.  Based on the our research, there are several major updates to Windows 8 that could make it a very compelling upgrade for businesses and individuals. The good news is that this newest version will require the same hardware specifications as Windows 7, so that new computer youmay have just purchased will not suddenly be obsolete when Windows 8 comes to market.  However to enhance the performance of this new Operating system from Microsoft we do suggest a minimum of 4GB of Ram - 8Gb or 16Gb would be ideal should your system accommodate this large configuration of RAM.

While that has been welcome news to many, the other good news is that software and, more importantly, devices like printer drivers and other similar software required to run all the devices that you connect to your PC will also work with Windows 8 out of the box. Since the introduction of the first main stream version of Windows, Windows 95 in 1995, some of the new versions of Windows have raised havoc with software, printers, scanners and more. Microsoft has clearly learned from these mistakes and Windows 8 will not repeat them. There’s been a lot of chatter about Windows 8 since Microsoft released its consumer preview on February 29th in Barcelona. 

Island Computers are lucky to have previewed the software at a recent Microsoft event and we have it installed on a workstation for testing. The New Windows 8 is very different to Windows 7 – it’s a completely redesigned operating system ideally built for tablets, Netbooks & Touch screen devices/phones as well as traditional PCs. Its server counterpart, Windows Server 2012, is being developed right alongside it, and will provide the back-end network services that Windows 8 will rely on.

Windows 8 carries the biggest graphical interface change since Windows ’95 with their new “Metro” interface. This is a brand new user experience, with groupings of tiles that represent programs instead of menus.  YES the START Button is a thing of the past!!

The New Operating system can be previewed & downloaded from

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IE/windows-8/consumer-preview

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