Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Windows 8 is the current release of windows operating system, produced by Microsoft for use of personal computers including the desktops, laptops and tablets. The operating system was released to manufacturing on 1 August 2012 and was released for general availability on 26 October 2012. Windows 8 introduces significant changes to the operating system’s platform and improving and emerging new technologies in it, this being an advantage for the Windows users but there are disadvantages too. So before upgrading to Windows 8 just take a look on it.
                                                      Fig1: Windows 8 Start Screen
No Start button: 
 Let’s start with the start button. The Windows 8 has removed the start button. Normally, the Windows users are used with the start button at the left bottom and then by clicking it programs and control panel, search pops out there. But there is no such type of facility available here.
Start Screen:
The new user interface of Windows has replaced the Start menu entirely. Now you will experienced and enter into the world of the customizable arrays of tiles linking to various apps and desktop programs. This new interface is based on Microsoft’s Metro design language. Yes the appearance is good but not user-friendly.
It’s no fun to use with a Keyboard and Mouse:
Navigating around the Windows 8 with the mouse and some keyboard shortcuts are not at all suitable. The new interface of Windows 8 i.e. a full of live tiles on the Start screen needs more of scrolling than other versions of Window’s start button.
                                  Fig2: Easy to handle new Windows8 with fingers
 This operating system shines when you use it with touch. If you happen to purchase a new tablet or touch-enabled laptops with Windows 8, then it’s great. But if you are thinking about upgrading your Pc, I would say first try before you buy and make sure that you are comfortable handling the new user interface without touching the screen at all.
 Simple task are more difficult:
The common tasks are stored in new places, and you’ll have to figure out where they are and how to perform them. For example, shutting down the PC will take few more extra clicks and it is hidden away in settings instead of being displaying in the Start menu. And if you open an app in the non-Metro interface then you’ll find no “X” on the upper right corner to close the program. If you want to close the program you have to drag down from top of the screen all the way to the bottom of the screen either with a finger or with the help of mouse cursor, which will take the form of tiny hand when positioned properly. So it’s made the task little bit quirk then simply closing the program by hitting the “X” button.
It’s a schizophrenic operating system:
You have both the traditional desktop and the new modern experience. They are different, radically different and share the same operating system. Desktop apps don’t’ run in the modern experience and modern apps don’t run on the desktop. This is not pleasant at all. Swapping between these two depending on which app you are using will make you confused.
DVD playback removed:
With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Pro, Microsoft decided to remove the DVD playback, and also forego the inclusion of Blu-ray playback.
                                     Fig3: Windows 8 cannot play DVD, requires third party software
Whereas with Windows7 you could slot a DVD into your computer and open it in Windows media player, that is no longer the case with the Windows 8 and Windows Pro. This has been removed for the simple reason that is cost, which Microsoft has to pay for the codecs that are required to play the DVDs and Blu-rays. This can be done by installing the third party player.
So,these are some of the flaws with windows 8.Now you decide which one suites you better and decide whether to upgrade it or not.