To Metro or not to Metro that is the question. As we edge our way closer to the release of the official Windows 8, many of us must decide whether or not to make the jump to the much anticipated Microsoft OS. It is touted as the best of both worlds, in that it provides an easy to use mobile-style interface with the power of a traditional PC. In recent years, Microsoft has made the jump to their newest OS easier on the consumer’s pocket, but this time the tech giant is charging a small fee ($14.99) for the upgrade. Is this an indicator of how revolutionary and how much more Microsoft has put into this OS?
All speculation aside, after seeing Windows 8 running on PCs as well as tablets, I am extremely impressed with how it looks and works. Microsoft is finishing up final build iterations including the ability to use a dual desktop setup, updated apps, and the ability to use the start menu while using an app on another screen. All of these new additions will help Windows 8 become the coolest looking and easiest to use Microsoft OS to date.
- There are over a billion Window PCs in current use, including over 525m Windows 7 licenses sold as of January 20, 2012
- Over the last two years, there have been more Windows licenses sold than Android, iOS and Macs combined
- Every Windows 7 PC can run Windows 8
- Most Windows licenses are sold with a new PC
- 3M+ downloads of Windows 8 Developer Preview
- 1M+ downloads of Windows 8 Consumer Preview in the first 24 hours
- A new Windows store
Right now, there are four versions of Windows 8 being released sometime later this year; Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro (for consumers), Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows 8 RT which is optimized for tablets and closely resembles the PC versions. Windows 8 runs perfectly on lower power hardware which is one of the better reasons for enterprise level and smaller businesses to use this OS.
It seems as though Microsoft really wants to change the consumer’s perspective of traditional operating systems and move towards a “sexyfied” OS. Microsoft stated that, “The world changes and moves forward. Windows will continue to change too, as it has throughout its 27-year history. Our vision for Windows 8 was to create a modern, fast and fluid user experience that defines the platform for the next decade of computing. One which upends the way conventional people think about tablets and laptops and the role of the devices they carry.”
Hopefully Microsoft’s vision of the perfect operating system aligns with ours and consumers ready to make the jump to the new OS. If you haven’t had the chance to take Windows 8 for a spin, go to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview to download a consumer preview. Let us know what you think!