My Opinion of Windows 8 – An Honest Review

Back in October 2012, I was excited to get my hands on the most detailed update to the Windows operating system since Windows 95. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Windows and have gotten used to the ins and outs of the system and can navigate my entire computer better than I can the streets in my neighborhood. But every once in a while, I like to see change and innovation. I felt like Microsoft failed to improve drastically since Windows 95, so I was eager to see Windows 8 and take it for a test-drive on my laptop computer.

Overall, I must say that I am happy with my experience with Windows 8. There is certainly a learning curve, as it throws everything you know about Windows out the, well, window (no pun intended). The user interface is completely different and new. And for the first few hours you may feel like you are not even using the same operating system that is on majority of the computers throughout the world. However, once you get used to the new look and features, you will notice everything is strategically and conveniently placed, making using your computer much easier and more entertaining.

If you have a tablet with Windows 8, you may have an advantage over those new to the system. Even more so, if your laptop computer has a touch screen, Windows 8 runs nearly flawlessly on your system with touch sensors. One of the biggest overhauls of the new operating system is the Start menu. This is much like the tablet version of the OS, as it offers widgets and images to all of your important links in one convenient place. From the Start menu, you can see your email, the weather, access the internet, music or videos, and even link it to your Microsoft Xbox to see what your friends are talking about. Sure, the new look of Windows is completely different than previous versions and will take some time to get used to. But this is exactly what some people were looking for and Microsoft certainly delivered.

While aesthetically pleasing, Windows 8 also does a lot behind the scenes for your laptop. First, it uses less processing power, which means your battery will last for a lot longer than ever before. Ironically, even with the less processing that takes place, the system still runs fast and will quickly boot up and run your programs and applications. The second major importance of Windows 8 programming features is that it has some major security improvements. It seems like every day you need to install updates for Windows, due to its susceptibility to viruses and malware. However, with Windows 8, Microsoft has dug deeper and worked harder to assure that users have less of a risk when using day-to-day programs.

One thing that should be mentioned about Windows 8 is that, because it is so new and powerful, some older computers will not run the system. This makes a huge divide between Windows users and can make for difficulty as the operating system tries to advance. Some may not find it necessary to upgrade their current laptop, either because they are happy with their setup or for financial reasons. These people will continue to use, and possibly be happy with, previous Windows versions. However those who get a new computer will begin to learn to use a completely revamped and new version of Windows. Somewhere along the line people will have to learn to use the new OS, but it’ll be interesting to see how this works for Microsoft.

Overall, Microsoft 8 is exactly what I was hoping for from a new operating system. It’s powerful and fun to use, while also more safe than previous versions. And when I’m using battery power, I have noticed drastic improvements in the amount of time that I can use it, and the amount of processes I can run. Considering I have a Windows tablet, it only took me a minimal amount of time to learn the user interface, but I can see how it would be difficult for some. And for those that are unwilling to upgrade their current laptop right now, they may notice they are further behind the curve as more of Windows systems migrate to the new operating system. Nonetheless, Windows 8 is a great improvement and a huge step forward for Microsoft.