We find that the relationship between the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is the same as the one between the Windows Vista and Windows 7: the second one was a fix. Sales for the Windows 7 skyrocketed, setting a new record over the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” movie on amazon.com. Windows 7 has been sold in more than 100 million copies in only half an year. By July 2012, we could already name this operating system the users’ favorite, since the sales number was 630 million copies (47.49% market share).
Having the Windows 7 success in mind, the company made Windows 8 which was meant to succeed expectations bringing a whole new look for operating systems. Windows 8 was available on PCs, laptops and even tablets and it was made available for all the new devices, which made the OS even better.
Windows 8 user interface
This department is where the two operating systems really differ. While we liked touch on Windows 7, Windows 8 comes with a much better integrated touch feature – giving you no problem when closing windows or selecting certain items. The Windows 8 default screen is called the Metro interface.
We like Metro for its bold colorful look (the color scheme is customizable). We do feel that you can really see the difference on touch-based devices, like tablets, but that doesn’t mean PCs and laptops cannot have fun with this OS.
The Start Screen for Windows 8
Microsoft surely had touch screens users in mind when they created the Start Screen, since Metro allows a quick way to a lot of programs and menus (like games or photos). If you have a PC you might not adjust that easily, but we encourage PC running of Windows 8, because the operating system works perfectly on non-touch devices as well.
Windows Apps and Store
The Metro interface also included a nice transition to the “Smartphone OS” world. We now have the Windows Store available, for any device running on x86 (tablets, ARM tablets, PCs and smartphones). You can now enjoy apps like: IE, Finance, Music, Weather, Photos, People contacts app, a calendar app and even an email app.
This is all good but for Windows 7 diehards, they might be thinking about legacy86 tools they would like to continue using, mainly with the diverse differences Windows 8 brought to what many are used to. For example, to use most of the older software you need the Desktop application in Windows 8. The app opens up within surroundings that remind you of Windows 7, but the app is imperfect to say the least. This is both a positive and negative; you can enjoy the best of the new and older world at the same time. However, the Start Menu is not there and Windows 7 users will take time to comprehend and accept the Charms Menu made up of Settings, Devices, Start, Share and Search icons.
We know, this weird new interface made you, Windows 7 groupie, confused and even gave you a headache. You might want to ask about the legacy86 tools the Windows 8 doesn’t provide. Well, we now have the best from both worlds: the PC and the smartphone one. You still have the normal Desktop if you click on the icon available in Metro. The Start Menu isn’t available anymore sadly, so you might want to get used to the Charms Menu (which includes Settings, Devices, Start, Share and Search).
Now, what do you think? You’ll remain with your old pal Windows 7 or will you upgrade to the new kid Windows 8?