Windows 8 vs Windows7With the reign of Windows 7 in the era where mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have become more of a necessity than a fad, should we go along and jump into the trend of mobility, with Windows 8?

Windows 7: The Cream of the Crop

According to critics, Window 7 is by far the best version of Windows that Microsoft has created. Why?

It has redefined how desktop computers should function. Not only had that it given a dramatic boost into the aesthetic department of the Windows platform, but also in the aspect of speed and functionality. Windows 7 is perfect in its own ways. Over the course of time, software developers managed to port almost all software and games into this operating system; making it the ultimate platform in all aspects, may it be gaming, programming or multimedia.

There’s not much to say about Windows 7’s performance to date. Microsoft and its developers have already managed to work its way around a lot of this Operating System’s major functionalities. Most if not all of the features (from USB devices to gaming supports) are already pretty much polished.

The only question left for computer users to dwell on now is: Are They Satisfied Enough to Experience a Whole New Computer Experience?

That’s in the form of Windows 8.

Windows 8: A Pretext to a Mobile lifestyle

This flagship brings mobile experience into computers, and vice versa for mobile phone. Surely though, computer users will be impacted greatly with this major tweak that Microsoft has done. Windows 8 has overhauled the way Windows work, from the user interface to how a program can be found. Here’s a brief run through as to how Windows 8 will give you a brand new computer experience.

Faster Boot Time

Turning on your computer would now only take a few seconds – literally. Windows 8’s start up process finally got rid of that long and unnecessary boot screen that we all must endure with Window’s previous versions.

No More Start Button

One of the most drastic changes that Microsoft has implemented with the release of Windows 8 is that, the ever famous “Start” button is no more. It might suck to some, but yes. The taskbar now looks somewhat bare, with the absence of the start button. To open up the list of programs which is now called “applications”, just simple hover the mouse pointer on the area where the start button should be, and a mini window for the app page will appear. Simply click it and Voila! You’ll be taken a screen with a list on apps. They are all lined up in a form of Tiles.

File History: Automatic Back Up Process

Set your computer to create a backup of its system’s current state. This allows user to revert the computer back to how it was at a certain point in time.

Native ISO Mounting

Say goodbye to DVD burning software like Nero. Windows 8 already comes with an ISO mounting utility.

USB 3.0

Faster data transfer

App Market

Applications formerly known as software can be easily downloaded via the web. Also, mobile apps that Windows Phone users love can now run on their computer.

The Downside:

  • The absence of a start button really created a huge impact to the computer experience. It doesn’t just feel bare, but it lessens the computer feeling that a Windows computer user is after. Aside from that, opening the list of apps negates the whole computer feel, but rather giving its users an impression that they’re using a smart phone or tablet.
  • The snap feature either gives a good or bad impression. The whole multi-window feature of the previous Window’s version was already good enough feature that everyone can enjoy. Throwing the SNAP feature into the picture, again, brings the whole computer experience into a mobile level.
  • The App market is very limited; the number of applications hasn’t even reach the 1000 mark just yet. Most of the applications available in the App market are more suitable for smartphones.
  • This OS is not yet ripe for all game developers to play around with. But surely, over the course of time they’ll manage their way around it, just like how they did with Windows 7 back in the days.

Final Words

Though its attempt to deliver the best of both worlds (mobile and desktop) created some loop holes along the way, Windows 8 is still as functional as its predecessors. For an average computer user whose activity with their computer only revolves around surfing the internet and running office applications, this platform can deliver more than what you ask for. If you’re in for something new and playful, Windows 8 is sure to satisfy that need. However though, if you’d rather stick to your comfort zone and do your thing the way you used to, Windows 7 is and will always be a good platform that can aide you all the computer goodness that you need.

According to the author

Windows 8: The disastrous result of Microsoft’s gutless equivocation.

The opinion on Windows 8 and Windows 7, you can leave in the comments below…

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