Why upgrade to Windows 8
Author: Cristina Nica
Starting with October, 2012, Microsoft released their latest operating system – Windows 8. This operating system offers significant improvement as far as user-experience goes, as well as layout and performance.
Any system running XP, Vista or 7 can upgrade to Windows 8 for an extra cost. You can check up prices on the Microsoft Online store or in the local Computer shop in your area.
If you want to run Windows 8 on your PC, here's what it takes:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
More and more people are upgrading to it but why should you?
- One of the main improvements as far as performance goes it the newly faster startup. On many tests, Windows 8 starts up in half the time than the previous versions;
- The new interface is designed for a better touch experience so if you own a tablet or a Tablet PC, then this is the operating system for you. However, it works perfectly with the usual mouse and keyboard.
- The new Metro UI that will open up a panel with common apps and preferences that you can redesign and position has replaced the standard desktop with the “Start” button giving Windows 8 a more updated look.
- You have at your hands an entire world of apps that you can download and use through the Microsoft Store just like in all other mobile devices which you may be used to;
- The Windows 8 system is overall with a higher security, making it less prone to malware infections as well as hacking;
- If you plan to run Windows 8 on a laptop then you will be happy to know that the operating system was tweaked to improve battery life;
- Windows 8 is the start of an eco-system that is meant to unify all desktops/laptops with tablets and phones that use the Windows platform, thus leading to a synchronized account containing your documents and personal files that you can access from any Windows platform through SkyDrive as well as your Microsoft account.
Apart from all that, Windows has already released an important update for the Windows 8 Operating system, taking it to 8.1. The upgrade from 8 to 8.1 is free of charge.
The main upgraded features concern mobility enhancements (more VPN clients, Windows to Go etc.), security enhancements (improved biometrics, device lockdown and higher malware resistance) as well as upgrades in the User Interface with options to boot directly to desktop and bypass the Windows Metro interface and many others.
In consequence, upgrading to Windows 8 is the next normal step for any computer user looking to get the best out of their system but also keen on experiencing new features and getting an all-together synchronized device within a household.