Microsoft is inching closer to the release of its next core OS Product: Windows 8.
The latest release of Windows will ship in October and will be released to manufacturing, or RTM in Microsoft speak in August.
The pre release or beta copy is available to download and Taybridge has a copy running on Dell laptop. The installation was surprisingly easy. It is often the case that installing a Windows OS is a nightmare requiring many reboot and new driver files. Windows 8 loaded on top of a Windows 7 installation and the whole process was less than half an hour.
This release is a major gamble for Microsoft as this version of Windows is designed for a raft of devices spanning Desktop PC’s, mobile PC, Tablets, Phones and the recently introduced Surface and as such it is competing on the desktop with Apple OSX and on the laptop with again Apple and Chrome books, on the phone and tablet with Google’s Android and Apple iOS. Apple and Google have deigned the mobile OS with touch built in and designed predominantly for small screen mobile devices. The mobile requirements are widely different from the desktop needs of a business user.
The use of Windows 8 is not that intuitive for a mouse driven PC. The idea is that you define the applications you use as tiles and these become in effect short cuts, just as you might have had shortcuts on a Windows 7 desktop.
Full review to follow shortly. To arrange a demonstration of Windows 8 call to set a time or email.