Monday, 29 October 2012

Windows 8 : Hit or Flop

Windows 8 recently  launched by Microsoft for use on Personal Computer including all type of desktop, Laptops, Tablets. Development of windows 8 started back in 2009 itself. And it launched on Friday 26, October 2012 in 37 languages and 140 worldwide markets.

 Windows 8 is designed to work with mouse and keyboard, as well as touch. Microsoft make Windows 8 compatible with keeping programs and data in the internet "cloud" and relying on Mobile gadgets. That means user have to sign in once with their Microsoft account to ensure they will be able to access mails, calendars, contact, pictures among other applications.

Windows 8 First Look

This is second edition after window 95, in which "Start" bottom not available on the task bar as we can see pic for windows 8 above.

Windows 8 introduces significant changes to the OS platform, primarily focused towards improving its experience on Mobile devices to rival other mobile OS like Android and iOS.
Some Points For vs. Against:

 For :
it's sleek,
faster boot,
fast and fun,
Better Security,
3G/4G support,
Great for touch,
Better battery life,
SkyDrive integration,
On the right hardware,
Huge security improvements,

Against :
Start menu gone,
Basically for tables/Mobiles,
Modern UI will annoy some,
Some older CPUs won't run it,
Users may need a lot of retraining, 
Many Firm still using Windows XP,
Introduces too many changes at Once.

Here are Some details of  Previous versions of Microsoft OS  products:
Microsoft Windows OS Hierarchy

 The First Version of Microsoft Windows, Version 1.0 Released in November 1985, But it is not complete OS rather it was extended version of MS-DOS.

Then in November 1987 second version of Microsoft window called, version 2.0 was released and in January 1988 windows 2.03 released also changed OS from Tiled windows to overlapping windows. This change leds to APPLE Computer filing a suit against Microsoft on Apple's copyrights.

After few years Microsoft Released windows version 3.0 in 90's and also it was First Microsoft Window version, which made history by selling 2 million copies in first six months. It came with improved UI features and Multitasking capabilities. And window 3.1 came in 1992.

In 1993, A special version was launched with integrated peer-to-peer networking and called window version 3.11 and support on 3.11 version ended in 31 Dec 2001.

In July 1993, Window NT version was released which was based on a New kernel and first version released under it was windows NT 3.1, It was first windows version to utilize PREEMPTIVE multitasking.

Windows 95 released date 24th August, 1995, it came with new and major consumer version that made further changes to the UI(user interface) and also Preemptive multitasking and some more changes in it. Support for windows 95 ended on Dec 31, 2000 and extended support ended 31 dec., 2001.

Next from Microsoft was Windows 98 released on July 1998 and also it was followed by its second edition windows98 SE in 1999. Mainstream support for windows 98 ended on july 30, 2002 and extended support on July 11, 2006.

Windows 2000 released from Microsoft in Feb 2000 for use on both Client and Server computers. And also during 04 its source code was leaked. The Window Millennium Edition Extended version of windows 98 called Windows ME released in Sept. 2000.

Microsoft most successful, most users friendly, most usable Operation System released on October 2001 called Windows XP, a version built on the Windows NT kernel that also retained the consumer-oriented usability of Windows 95 and its successors.
This version came in two distinct editions named, "HOME" and "PROFESSIONAL". Along with this First "Media Center" edition was released in 2002, with support for DVD and TV functionality including program recording and remote control. Mainstream support for Windows XP ended on April 14, 2009. Extended support will continue until April 8, 2014.

In April 2003, OS for Server called Windows Server 2003 was introduced. Which replaces Windows 2000 with many new features and strong security and also it was followed by windows Server 2003 R2 in Dec. 2005.

Window Vista came in picture in January 30, 2007 with many new feature and security aspects But was not successful afterall.

On Oct. 22, 2009, Microsoft released Windows 7 with more feature than Vista and it was a Successful edition after Xp.

Now Windows 8 came on Feb 29, 2012.

If you need to know more details for Windows 8 or want to buy it, Here is the correct link :