Microsoft, apparently wanting to stir public interest in the Windows 8, which will be released in the second half of next year, probably in September, again tried to draw attention to the novelty.
This time the software giant announced that the new operating system can be purchased online and download the installer, which has already introduced 25-digit serial number. To install the downloaded files will need to burn to DVD, or copy it to “stick”, which would require three GB of disk space. Of course, to boot from the flash need to change your BIOS, but it’s not the most difficult action. Microsoft also claims that the company’s specialists have worked seriously on investment of the installation procedure: for this would-be users need only 11 mouse clicks, so that even the most novice user can install the operating system.
As before, you can upgrade to Windows 7, the eighth version, or install a new copy on another partition. Another nice new feature will also be a report on what applications will work after the update, after which the incompatibility is not an important program will be an unpleasant surprise. The development of a family of operating systems, Microsoft Windows, meanwhile, is coming to its logical conclusion. The company recently hinted that in the 2015-2016 years, when there will be a unified platform for all types of devices – from PCs to TV sets, the name of the operating system may be replaced by more suitable new strategy. In other words, the operating system from Microsoft, which will be released after Windows 8 will run on PCs, smartphones, tablets, consoles, Xbox and the new generation on anything else, perhaps, will not Windows. Eighth, and perhaps the lastwe have a new version of the most popular operating system in history developed as a versatile platform that can run on both plates, and on traditional PCs.
In the Microsoft promise to provide full software compatibility c the previous version of Windows.
Anything that runs on Windows 7 will work on Windows 8″, – assured the newly Steven Sinofsky, head of Windows and Windows Live, stressing that the focus on the management of the touch does not mean that the company refuses to keyboard and mouse.
Equally for change in the average consumer – at boot time.Through the application of the default power efficient connected standby mode at boot time is reduced to a few seconds. The main external difference from the current version of the OS called the new interface, which the company calls Metro Style. This interface, which will be used along with the usual desk, already familiar to users of the operating system for smartphones Windows Phone 7. It is updated in real-time information blocks, called “tiles”. Tiles can span multiple screens, which you can scroll by touching the screen or mouse.
Those users can also customize the “tiles” and manage them using the technology multi-touch. as “tiles” on the screen can display not only the program, but its single element. Access to service functions is “pulling” from the edge of the screen block menu. In addition, Microsoft is preparing update server operating system, Windows Server, which makes it easy to expand the “cloud” services within the local network infrastructure, organization or enterprise.Considerable variation for the average consumer – at boot time. Through the use of power efficient mode by default at boot time should be reduced to a few seconds.
A few belated, according to observers, innovation is the integration of “cloud service” SkyDrive in the OS for online synchronization of devices on Windows 8, the combined service account in Windows Live. Such services offered by other market participants for several years. Partial synchronization of content between devices is implemented, for example, operating system, Google Android, and in October of the same functionality will offer another rival Microsoft – by Apple. Another “catch up” innovation competition will be built into the OS App Store Windows Store. Its interface is similar to the existing analogues – the buyer is invited to search by thematic sections, and selection of the most recommended, “top” of paid and free applications.
For developers, as the main news was the new API – Application Programming Interface. Developers will be able to use a wide range of programming languages and tools such as C, C + +, C #, VB, HTML / CSS, Java, XAML to create programs for hardware platforms x86, x64, ARM.