Microsoft Reinvents Windows: Windows 8 Would Boot Within 8 Seconds ONLY! [Video]
Microsoft is going to reveal the next version of its Windows-Window 8. The reports suggest that Windows 8 would be a drastic reinvention of Microsoft’s flagship operating system — the most extensive revamp since Windows 95. Windows 8 would be the world’s first operating system that would deliver the minimum boot time –only 8 seconds. Moreover, it would be the world’s first OS specifically designed for tablets and PCs as well.
But now the chemistry of the computer and computing devices has been changed enough than 1995. Despite of the fact that Windows is still a reliable OS for PCs, yet its sale has been considerably declined and Microsoft is fighting the war of its survival in the market. Apple iOS and Google Android have dominated over the smartphone market especially Apple is leading in tablets with its most popular iPad.
So, Microsoft would have to show some charismatic and magical changes in its upcoming Windows 8 to regain its shining position among world’s leading tech giants. Microsoft would have to compel electronic consumers that its Windows 8 is the most suitable operating system not only for their PCs, but also for their tablets. Therefore, Microsoft’s Conference for developers “BUILD” (being held this week) would be the focus of tech eyes where the company would reveal the next version of its Windows flagship-Windows 8.
Developers from all around the world gather in Anaheim, Calif., this week to hear from Microsoft’s top executives, get road maps for the company’s new offerings and would present in sessions to help them build for, and work with, Microsoft products.
Microsoft has also uploaded a video to show the much faster Windows 8 boot time in which they used HP’s i7 EliteBook 8640p notebook,here is the video;
Q: How is Windows 8 different from Windows 7 and other previous versions of Windows?
A: Windows 8 — which is still just a code name — is the first version of Windows designed from the beginning to run on both PCs and Web tablets. It will have a touch-screen interface as well as the more traditional mouse/trackpad/keyboard interface.
Aside from the touch-screen interface, which computer makers can choose to incorporate, another noticeable difference will be the start screen, which will use “tiles” instead of icons.
That tile interface, called Metro, is similar to the one now used in Microsoft Windows Phone smartphones. The tiles can include real-time updates from applications and touching or clicking on the tiles launches the apps, which can be Web-powered or Web-connected. The interface should also allow for a faster, more fluid switching between running apps.
Q: Because Windows 8 incorporates touch, will those using Windows 8 on a desktop still be able to use a mouse and keyboard with it?
A: Yes. Microsoft has said that although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard.
PC makers will still make desktops and laptops with mouse or trackpad and keyboard.
Windows President Steven Sinofsky said in a post on Microsoft’s Building Windows 8 blog that users will be able to choose which interface to use: traditional desktop style or the new, tile-based Metro style. And they can switch between the two.
This will definitely apply to PC users. And going by the words of Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows Experience, it may be true for tablets as well.
“The user interface and new apps will work with or without a keyboard and mouse on a broad range of screen sizes and pixel densities, from small slates to laptops, desktops, all-in-ones and even classroom-sized displays,” she said in a June Microsoft News Center story previewing Windows 8.
Q: Why is Microsoft making this radical a departure in its most well-known product?
A: It’s a step toward what’s called a “unified ecosystem,” where various devices — PC, tablets, phones, TV, game consoles — can all run on one platform.
The idea is that it provides coherence and consistency for the user, who would experience a similar look and feel across different devices.
Theoretically, it also makes it easier on developers — the people who make the products and systems that work with Microsoft’s offerings — to produce one application that could work across different platforms, though applications would still need to be optimized for each different type of device. Microsoft is expected to talk about this at Build.
Other companies are moving toward a unified ecosystem as well. Apple, for example, did so earlier this year when it came out with OS X Lion, which incorporates more of the touch interface used in its iPad and iPhone.
Q: So will Windows 8 be running on a different platform than previous Windows versions?
A: Windows 8 will run on standard PC hardware, and also on mobile systems based on the small “System on a Chip” (Soc) hardware used in phones and Web tablets.
Q: How compatible will Windows 8 be with older Windows versions? In other words, how much of my “old stuff” will still be able to run on Windows 8?
A: It is expected that computers that run Windows 7 will also be able to run Windows 8. Microsoft will likely release more information about the compatibility of specific programs as Windows 8 develops.
Q: How different will mainstays like Office be under Windows 8?
A: There has not been a statement on whether Office will retain its old interface under Windows 8, but the old interface was what was shown during an early demo of Windows 8 at the D9: All Things Digital conference in June.
Q: For developers, how much of what they’ve learned about programming applications for previous Windows versions will be applicable for Windows 8? Will their current knowledge be obsolete?
The problem is that Windows developers have spent years learning other programming platforms, such as Silverlight, Win32 and .NET.
Microsoft is expected to address this topic at Build.
Q: What’s at stake for Microsoft with Windows 8?
A: In addition to showing that Microsoft can continue to dominate computing even on new hardware platforms, Windows 8 may play a large role in the company’s stock value.
The Windows division made up more than a quarter of the company’s sales, by dollar amount, last year, but sales declined in both the quarter and fiscal year ending June 30.
Quarterly sales were $4.7 billion, a 1 percent drop from the previous year, and fiscal year sales fell 2 percent, to $19 billion. Operating profit fell 6 percent to $12.3 billion.
That’s even as other divisions, including Business, Server and Tools, and Entertainment and Devices, have seen growth in both sales and operating profits.
Q: When is Windows 8 expected to hit the market?
A: Microsoft has not said, but the expectation is it may be sometime in the next eight months.
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