Windows 8 : First impressions Part 2

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In my last article, we discussed the installation and Metro interface. Let’s take a closer look at the new features and improvements in Windows 8.

Microsoft has worked hard to achieve a consistent user experience across multiple immersive applications. One of the most important aspects of this coherent experience is the Charms Bar. It appears when you move from left to right in a tray and when you move your mouse in a contactless PC to the bottom left corner. It consists of four options – Settings, Devices, Devices, Sharing and Search.

Settings – The current application settings are displayed. For example, if you open the Charms bar during the boot screen, the boot screen settings will be displayed.

Devices – Displays some device options that running applications can use, such as printing, etc.

Share – Displays some social applications that allow you to share your work with others. For example, if you surf IE and click Share, you will see [email protected] and Socialite, two examples of applications provided with Windows 8 to access Twitter and Facebook, respectively. This allows you to share the link to the website you are currently visiting with others.

Search – The search appears, through which you can search the PC.

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These functions are standard in all applications and the good thing for developers is that they do not need to write additional code to use this function.

Let’s take a look at the Backup and Restore Options of Windows 8, Reset and Refresh are the two options introduced in Windows 8. The Reset option is the same as restoring factory settings. It deletes all data and applications and restores a clean copy of Windows. System Refresh, on the other hand, keeps all data such as music, images and applications from the new Windows store. All separately installed third-party applications will be removed.

Previous versions that existed in earlier versions of Windows have been replaced by file history. Use the File History function to set the frequency and location for saving a file. It works better than the previous versions and is also easier to configure.

In addition to adding new features, Microsoft has also worked to improve some existing Windows features. One of them is the basics of file management like copying, moving, etc. As you can see in the image below, it contains a real-time flow chart. The transfer dialog boxes display the data transfer speed, the transfer rate curve, and the amount of data to be transferred.

In addition, you now have the ability to interrupt a copy operation that is very intelligent.

Windows 8 also supports native USB 3.0 devices.

Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10 as expected. There are two versions of Internet Explorer 10 in the developer preview. One of them is the touch center with a chrome surface. The other is with a traditional user interface that runs on the classic desktop. In IE10, if you move Metro UI from bottom to top, you will see the tab bar at the top and the address bar at the bottom. Like IE9, IE10 supports HTML 5 and CSS 3 and uses hardware acceleration to improve performance.

With Windows 8, Microsoft has tried to unify the tablet and PC interfaces. They had to start from scratch and radically change the interface. There will therefore certainly be a learning curve for a first user. The challenge was to experience the tablet and the PC in the same way, which I think Microsoft has done to some extent. But there is a lot to improve, especially the transition from the home screen to the office.

Now it’s finally done, just the developer preview and it’s still a long way to RTM. Hopefully Microsoft will solve the current problems by then.

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