Over 2 Decade: Journey of Windows – Chapter 6

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The world of computing has seen an enormous change in the past decades. Since the launch of Windows 95, the first time Windows was welcomed with open arms by the public. It was the time when the word desktop found its place in the books and dictionaries alike. However, with changing times and technology, gadgets became easier to buy and convenient to use. Nowadays, they don’t belong to any particular segment of the population any more.

In today’s scenario, every spare PC is a mobile (notebook, laptop, tablet, convertibles, etc.,). Not just the way they connect has also changed tremendously. Instead of wired cables, people prefer to connect their PCs wirelessly.

Furthermore, there has been a tremendous variation in the screen size and device compatibility as well. With the size of screen varying from 10′ to the full wall sized screen or even multiple screens in every variation of PCs, made the developing team to re imagine Windows to what you experience on your desktop today.

In short, if you need to describe Windows 8, then it won’t be wrong to say that it was the biggest refresh in the history of OS since Windows 95. And that was in the past millennium. For the computing world, it is a very long time but nevertheless, the final product of all the hard work and hundreds of manual labor hours by the top brains in the world delivered a masterpiece.

“Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices”

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The launched of Windows 8, made it clear that this OS was designed to give user option to use with touch screen device capabilities. However, that was not the case. It was designed to keeping the needs and requirements of both touchscreen and non-touch screen PCs. Windows 8 was equally compatible for both tablets and PCs. With the home screen of Windows 8 had big touch panels similar to the tiles in the Windows smartphones.

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If the users have touch screen PC, then they can directly swipe their way. However, if they do not and still want to experience the old user interface of Windows, which they were used to and have adapted to their life. Well, it was that same-old Windows user interface below this newly designed easy-access screen. Microsoft developed their new OS to target audience and old customers alike.

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To maintain their present consumer base, that was reluctant to change their way of using their old desktop, they added the interface screen behind the new screen so that the user can swipe window home screen. The old interface consists of everything like before with the same kind of file manager, taskbar, app icons and everything. To learn more about the specification of Windows 8 and 8.1 updates, stay tuned for our next blog.