Microsoft Readying Windows 8 for Tablets’ Use
Windows is getting ready to release their new OS called Windows 8 which showcases touchscreen capabilities and genuinely usher the OS into for tablet use.
Its previous OS called Windows 7 is available on several tablets, although it has not been able to truly take advantage of touchscreen-specific functions. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Microsoft previewed the features of the OS, which is expected to rival the hugely-popular Google Android.
Windows 8 boasts of a new user interface called Metro UI which it hopes to bring on every platform which runs on the OS. Harnessing touchscreen functions and designed with simplicity and full control from users in mind, this UI is aesthetically-inspired by public transport signages and Swiss-style minimalism.
Windows To Go is one of the features of this new OS. This allows user to boot the OS from a USB drive called a Live USB. The flash disk will contain everything that the user needs to run an OS including programs and settings.
Another feature is the new Windows Store, where users can download apps and developers can post theirs. Windows 8 will be able to run on a 1GHz or faster processor, at least 1 GB of 32-bit RAM or 2 GB of 64-bit RAM, and a hard disk space of at least 16 GB for 32-bit devices, and 20 GB for 64-bit devices.