Windows 8

Table of Contents:

  • Definition
  • Description
  • Windows 7 vs Windows 8
  • Compatiblity issues
  • Conclusion
  • Reference


Windows 8 is the codename for the upcoming version of Microsoft Windows operating system which follows Windows 7 some can refer this as System 8. The main feature is that it’s built for PC’s in- conjunction with tablets it employs a new Metro style interface that is designed for touchscreen, and the traditional input devices, it now supports ARM processors architecture.

Windows 8 was initiated into the Microsoft world that is aimed at uplifting the traditional operating system. Although its capabilities and features are unique, the most inherent one is that it has redesigned the features of the current operating system with near instant on capabilities that enhance the system to start up and load faster.


Windows 8 Metro UI introduces full screen application and a new tile-based Start screen; each application is represented to a tile which displays relevant information like news feeds, unread messages temperature. System 8 has other main features like Native USB 3.0 support, a new innovative lock screen, Hybrid Boot which drastically accelerates startup times.
The new Windows 8 logo resembles the new Metro design style; the formerly flag-shaped logo has been changed into four blue window panes (Pachal, 2012).

Windows 7 vs Windows 8

There are many distinct differences between Windows 7 OS, and Windows 8 OS. First, there is a change in Boot time, as the new Windows 8 has a better GUI, and the verifier of the image is ISO it ascertains the genuine of the image. In addition, the log in page that characterizes Windows 7 is quite better than that of Windows 8. However, few changes like facial recognition have been added to Windows 8 log in page in order to enhance security details. Focusing on the security details, Windows 8 have a detailed security network imminent with reset function that enhances the computer to mitigate virus effects. The virus is removed from the system rendering it effective. Finally, the Graphics section has not been quite upgraded; however, it is expected to be better than current scenario of Windows 7 (Adonis, 2009).

Compatiblity issues

Compatibility is not an issue when it comes with the features of Windows 8. Some of the features and devices that are compatible with this operating system includes Bullguard Internal Security, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, ESET Smart Security Business, F-Secure Internet Security Technology Preview, McAfee Total Protection 5.6 Beta for Windows 8, Norton 360 (Version 6.0 Beta), Norton Internet Security 2012, and Trend Micro Titanium for Windows 8. Some of the devices listed were not compatible with Windows 7 (Weiss & Nolan, 2006).


In conclusion, the upgrade of Windows 7 operating system to Windows 8 has proved fruitful in many of the organizations. Security of the data has been guaranteed, and it is faster than the former OS. In addition, various devices are compatible with this operating system making it effective in business organization and individual use.


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  2. Peter Pachal, (2012), Windows 8: “Everything you need to know”. [Online], Available from: (Accessed date 07/03/2012)
  3. Weiss, J. & Nolan, J. (2006). International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, Part 1. New York: Springer
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