In the world of computers and applications, Microsoft is in a class of its own. The company has developed many operating systems from the complex like MS-DOS to the user-friendly Windows 8. MS-DOS and its predecessors laid the foundation for the development of Windows 8 operating system. The OS allows users to access various resources and functions including software and hardware. This operating system has been touted as the OS of the future because it makes a departure from non user-friendly versions of earlier operating systems to a new interface and features that cater to both PC and touch screen devices.
The OS has two main layouts: the desktop and the tiled or metro layouts. The desktop layout resembles the interface of earlier windows OS versions and allows users to create shortcuts to applications on the desktop. Users can open applications by double-clicking on the application shortcut icons on the desktop.
The tiled interface makes a complete departure from earlier OS interface designs. It is the most suitable and popular interface for tablets and smartphones. The development of the tiled interface is no accident. There has been a decline in PC sales as more people turn their attention towards portable devices like tablets and smartphones. Despite this trend, there are certain applications and programs that work best on PCs.
Windows 8 has been optimized to work with touch screen devices and displays. With increased sophistication of mobile devices, they could potentially replace PCs altogether. The OS works across platforms and is an attempt by Microsoft to cater to all customers.
People with touch-screen devices can navigate the OS with touch gestures. Application shortcuts on this operating system are in the form of tiles. Touching on a tile opens the corresponding application. Navigating through applications can be done by swiping the screen. The menu is available on the edge of the screen. The search interface is also available on the menu.
You can still use the metro interface with a mouse or keyboard on PCs or laptops that are not touch-capable. Simply place the mouse on certain activation points and a pull up menu or command will appear. The scroll bar at the base of your screen can be used to navigate in any direction through the tiles. Those tiles are not just shortcuts to programs, but they also deliver information to users even when the corresponding applications are not active.
Many people buy Windows 8 because they can use it on their PCs as well as on touch screen devices like tablets and smartphones.