My Gyan on Windows 8

by Venkatesh R; IMS-CORE, PurpleLeap

Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system has been out and it is a good next step in the evolution of the OS. I downloaded day after it came out and only paid $15 for it since I bought my laptop in June.

The download took me nearly all day to download at home on my satellite internet, and then it took another two hours for it to install after it finished downloading. This made me extremely angry at Microsoft, and I believe it made me a little more cynical about Windows 8.

1The first thing that seemed to stand out to me was how visually appealing the new start screen is. Even now I still marvel at how neat my rectangle of box-shaped apps looks when I log in. I am especially impressed with the ‘Live Tiles’ that display information such as a news feed or emails in your inbox without even having to open the app. I also like the streamlined look that it has in the Windows 7 mode, where you can use programs written for earlier versions of Windows.

2A number of people complained that an operating system built primarily for touch screens is too hard to learn and too inconvenient to be put on non-touch computers. Those people are wrong.

When I tried to play with it at Staples, it seemed extremely complicated and I was sure it was going to be Microsoft’s next Windows failure, but when I put it on my own non-touch laptop (Dell Inspiron 14R) I found it very easy to learn and use after playing around with it for about five minutes. The new system feels faster, sleeker and simply more interesting than previous versions of Windows. Even using my wireless mouse I feel right at home using Windows 8.

3Although I love Windows 8, I still have a number of problems with the system that were somewhat aggravating when I was first learning how to use the system. The first, and most immediately obvious, change that I didn’t like was that they hid a number of the important indicators. Microsoft, when building their start menu, put the clock, date, battery meter and wireless status indicators in the area where you need to go into one of the side-bars to see them.

4Just as bad is when you open the side-bar to look at these indicators you need to go into the settings area in order to change any of them, shut off the computer or even to change the volume on the computer. I also wish there were more apps in the app store, but the problem isn’t that bad.

Like most new software, there are a couple of glitches. First, the new version of Internet Explorer (which I think is great) will not allow me to use Eastern Michigan University’s Eagle-mail, and the Store app won’t let you scroll after downloading a purchase unless you close and reopen the app.

Although it has a few issues and inconveniences, I find the new OS great and would recommend it to anyone thinking about upgrading.




The new wave of Windows 8 – II

By Ranjith Murali

IMS-CORE, PurpleLeap

It’s nice to be back again with something special every time for all of you.  Am an operating system freak may it be mobile version or desktop version. To completely erase my love on Music am trying to divert myself to work upon reliable source. Personal things apart, there are a lot of buzzes everywhere in www about what will be unfilled in the new upcoming Windows 8; numerous of its features look cool and inspiring. At this juncture I would like to enlighten you with 10 of them, not in particular order that I really like.

1. User Account Roaming

Well, this is not innovative but what is innovative in Windows 8 is that you can roam your user profile to the cloud along with your own Windows Live account. still undisputable how much successful it would be to address the business network, but it does sound like the Windows Live cloud might be able to work as a domain controller in a way to move corporate to the cloud computing.

 2. The New Windows Explorer

The Ribbon lastly arrives in Windows Explorer, subsequently years ago when it was firstly presented in Office 2007. Whether you like it or not, Ribbon appears to be the method to go as a Windows user edge. I like it. The fresh Windows Explorer also finally permits you to drag a file and drop it to a folder itemised in the address bar. A missing piece has finally been found.

Ribbon is becoming the standard UI on Windows system. I myself like it a lot.

The innovative design was prepared based on the usage survey Microsoft team steered. Apparently, only 2 out of the top 10 commands the end users invoke in Explorer are available in the Command Bar, the chief UI element for invoking commands. This seems to be a bad failure in current Windows 7 but also means a big improvement that can be made in Windows 8.

 3. Restore to Factory Settings

Restoring Windows system back to factory settings is nothing new. Almost all manufactories have included the recovery disc in every new computer sold that can already to do that. But an option restoring back to factory settings on only systems not user data is what I am really looking forward to.

4. ISO mounting

Lastly, one more long time misplaced piece has been found. Why took so long? Now, one more 3rd party tool will be eliminated on my computer.

 5. Smart Screen on Windows

Smart Screen built in Internet Explorer 8 & 9 look like will be arisen not only in IE but in OS itself as well. This will be stimulating to see whether or not this will be the anti-virus software out of the box. It also can be used as a File Download Verifier.

6. History Vault

This Microsoft version of Time Machine is a better version of Shadow Copy? Sound like it is. Windows rumours

7. Better Reading Experience

Not only does Microsoft finally develop its own version of PDF reader, but is the modern reader also an e-Reader that utilizes the new AppX application package type.

8. Portable Workspace

Fundamentally, it’s a feature that allows user to run Windows system right from a USB storage device. An portable office indeed. Really, if you can have all your application and data stored on an encrypted flash drive and are able to run on any computers why would you still need a cloud service?

9. Xbox Media Service in Windows

No surprise at all, considering the huge success Microsoft made on Gaming area with their extremely demanded Xbox.

10. App store

Well, even though I am not a huge fan of this, an Windows app store seems inevitable, all because of the huge success on Apple’s App Store.

* I will come back to you all once I study them in very elaborate way, till then happy reading *