Since it was made available late last week, millions of us have downloaded the preview version of MS Windows 8. When we think back to the days of drop down menus and overfilled floppies, the thought of a new system is an awesome thought indeed.
I only had to search for a moment to find the new and vastly different “Start Menu” for this internet browser. Included in the package are new forms of access to features such as adding/deleting and uninstalling various programs. In fact the developers claim with the new system, there is no longer a need to create a backup disc. To access many features, one simply moves his cursor along the right-most edge of the desktop.
The key to opening the "Start Menu" lies in clicking in the lower right corner of just about any screen, and again on the brightly colored icon that appears. The new and entirely re-designed Start Menu is bright, colorful, icon rich, with only the most minimal of linguistics. The Start Menu is the heart and soul of Windows 8. Corners in this system are well utilized and a delight. “Back” is now achieved by clicking at the uppermost right-hand corner.
The overriding concept in the new unreleased version of Windows is the merger of new mobile features with laptop and desktop capabilities. Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for User Experience on the Windows Team, says too that their innovations “…use the cloud to store your information, it doesn’t matter where you’re sitting or what device you’re using. Your music, photos, files, contacts, and settings aren’t stored on one device, they’re in one place: the cloud.”
Here’s another interesting bit from the creators:
"Moments ago in Barcelona, we announced the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, available to download now for anyone interested in trying it out. We’ve been hard at work for many months now, and while we still have lots more to do, we’re excited to show you our progress with the latest preview of the new operating system. I’m a writer on the Windows team, and over the next few weeks, I’ll be publishing a series of posts here on the Windows Experience Blog about what you can expect to see in Windows 8, tips for navigating the new operating system, and all the great new ways to have fun and get things done in this preview of a brand new Windows."
Before installation of the Windows 8 preview, one is required to disable ones anti-virus software, in my case, that meant I had to drop my Norton protection. The Windows developers say that with their new system and design, the anti-virus protection is self-contained. However, they add that one may install anti-virus applications if one likes; that’s what I did.