On the 26th of October 2012, Microsoft finally ended the wait and its latest operating system of unveiled. After the magnificent success of its predecessor Windows 7, high hopes were tied with this latest version. However, sales have not been quite good and people have preferred to stick with Windows 7 to fulfill their everyday computing needs.
Below is a list of ten facts that might make some people change their mind and upgrade.
10. Windows Store
This is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s App store. The apps themselves are quite beautifully organized and a neat list of categories takes to just the apps that you might be looking for.
9. Picture Password
Ever thought of typing in your password every time you return to your seat as a huge hassle but could not compromise on the security of your account? Well, you don’t have to anymore, that is if you upgrade to the latest Windows 8. Just show your face to the webcam and the intelligent camera will log you in after authenticating your facial features.
8. Semantic Zoom
Windows 8 was designed with touch screens in mind because that is where the world seems to be moving towards. If you want all the tiles on your start screen without scrolling, just pinch it with your fingers to zoom out.
7. No More Left-Right Scrolling
Even if you are not that much into touch screen you can still make full use of this latest version of Microsoft’s Windows. You can just touch the mouse to the right or left edge of the screen to scroll sideways. If you find yourself uncomfortable to use this feature, you can easily disable it.
6. New Charms
Microsoft’s new system menu icons appear on the screen when you place your mouse cursor to the top right corner of the screen. There is a search bar on The Charms that will let you do anything ranging from searching for apps to the setting of a Facebook status.
5. Navigate/Control Running Apps with a single touch
On a touch screen, swiping your finger from the left edge of the screen will bring up a graphic showing a list of all the apps that are currently running. You can end a process by simply dragging the icon from this list to the bottom of the screen.
4. Smooth transition between Interfaces
Windows 8 is capable of shifting from its new metro user interface to the traditional Windows desktop quite quickly and smoothly.
3. No Start Button
According to Microsoft’s statement about discontinuing with the start button, there was really no more use for it. When you place your cursor at the bottom left of the screen where the start button would have been, a mini graphic of Metro theme appears that does pretty much the same thing as the start button.
2. Resizable keyboard
The virtual keyboard that can appear on both corners of the screen will certainly make life a lot easier for you. There are a few keyboard sizes to choose from.
1. Full Time Spell Checker and Screen Capture
Now you do not need to install third party applications to do the spellchecking for you. No matter where you type when using Windows 8, all your misspelled words will be marked. You also have the option of disabling this feature.