Posted on May 21, 2012 by admin

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windows 8 personal usersWhen Windows 8 hits the market, many home users who upgrade or purchase new devices with the updated operating system (OS) will likely face some confusion. For most of the years that Microsoft Windows has been on the market and for most of the upgrades that have been offered for the OS, many key factors have remained the same.

This is all about to change, and in a big way.

What Will Be New?

When you log into Windows 8, you’re going to notice some immediate differences from prior OS versions:

  • No start menu
  • Program tiles instead of icons
  • Mobile device-like interface

No Start Menu

The Start menu has been at the heart of the Windows OS since Windows 95. It’s where users go to open programs, run the command prompt, open recent documents, and much more. Windows 8 throws that concept out the window, to be replaced with a “Start Screen” that will allegedly make opening and switching between applications a smoother process for desktop and mobile users alike.

Program Tiles Instead of Icons

If you’re accustomed to the program icons on every version of Windows, right up to Windows 7, you’re familiar with the idea of them being an image representation with the program/file name. On Windows 8, these items will be live and will behave like you would expect them to behave on your mobile device. For example, the icon for a program that gives you weather reports may simply display the temperature, allowing you to avoid opening up the application to get the information that you want.

Mobile Device-Like Interface

In Windows 8, you will be dealing with an interface that is more similar to what you would see on a mobile device than what you would expect on a desktop computer OS. Windows 8 is designed to offer a very similar user interface across several different types of devices, helping users to bridge the gap between their desktop computers and mobile devices. From the app-like icons to the touch-screen compatibility, this new OS is a huge step from both previous versions of its own software as well as any of the OS software currently offered by competitors.

While the changes seem to be endless, those who already use mobile devices will probably transition easily. Those who have avoided joining the mobile movement, however, might experience a learning curve. Fortunately, Windows 8 will also offer a “classic” mode that is similar in layout to the previous OS versions to help the transition go more smoothly.