After reading several Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparisons, a common thing I found was that most of them favoured Windows 7 over Windows 8. Funny enough, reading some of these comparisons, I felt that critics, who make these comparisons, have actually not made any sincere effort to test both operating systems or evaluate their features. After having used Windows 8 for some time, here is what I have found interesting as well as annoying about the new Windows operating system.
Windows 8 features
Microsoft deserves appreciation for the great level of effort made to better Windows 8. Windows 8 outshines Windows 7 in many areas such as performance, graphics, compatibility of apps, etc.
Windows 8 offers better performance
Windows 8 performance is a point that most Windows 7 lovers forget to note down in their Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparisons. Windows 8 offers better performance. You can run Windows 8 even a on a PC with modest hardware features.
Windows 8 has better graphics properties when compared to Windows 7. You can experience the rich graphics features of Windows 8 while operating graphics-rich programs/applications.
According to Microsoft support desk, Windows 8 offers higher compatibility with apps. Nonetheless, note that some of the legacy applications are not supported in Windows 8. So, if you are planning to upgrade to Windows 8 considering the higher level of compatibility it offers, ensure that your legacy app is supported by the OS. If not supported, you can either continue using the older operating system or run the legacy application in Windows 8 through a virtual machine.
A newly integrated feature in Windows 8, App Store lets you download your favourite application from the Windows App Store integrated with your Windows 8 OS, meaning you do not have to visit several websites or download locations to find your apps. All apps are stored in a single place.
Windows 8 has a few downsides as well and I don’t want to hide them here. Microsoft has deprived Windows 8 of its Start button. Due to the absence of Start button in Windows 8, many users ditch the operating system or downgrade to the older operating system.
Had Microsoft not omitted the Start button, perhaps Windows 8 wouldn’t have disappointed many users. But, Microsoft has rightly replaced the Start button with a modern metro user interface.