Microsoft has released the test version of its new operating system- Windows 8, for consumer preview. The new look OS with a brand new interface is all set to woo the customers on different platforms and gadgets. Windows 8 will become available in desktops, tablets and smartphones alike.
In this age of tablets, smartphones and cloud computing dominated by Apple, Google and Amazon- Microsoft is trying to get its bearings back by presenting a cross platform operating system- Windows 8 on an ARM based device that will cover much of the tablets and smartphones in the market.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview
The consumer preview of Windows 8 will come in two flavors- one for the traditional Intel x86 processors for laptops and desktops and the other for the ARM chips which is normally used in portable devices like tablets and smartphones.
The new version of Windows brings in the ‘metro style interface’ like that is seen in the Windows Phone OS that has tiles or blocks to be moved around or tapped to launch applications. The tiles update in real time and so it becomes easier to monitor your, say, Gmail or Facebook notifications.
Getting software developers to create apps for the interface is vital and Windows is on course, to have a formal application base like the Android or the iOS.
In the tablet market defined by iPads and Kindle Fires, Windows 8 must strike a liking among users without any bugs. Windows 8 for ARM tablets are still not released for consumer preview. Microsoft’s success, however, seems to hang on its core business customers. The trump card for Microsoft is its Office suite, which will now be integrated into the OS when it will be released officially. It is time for Microsoft to prove its worth again.