I know you have heard enough on the great new Windows 8 OS, however, if you people to name the top 5 exciting features in it, well, you’re sure to get a mixed response. But having said all that, let me list the 5 top favorites of mine:
- 1. Internet Explorer 10
With the Metro user interface of Windows 8, Internet Explorer is just the ideal browser with tons of fast, fluid fun in Metro. It makes perfect sense to navigate forward and backward with swipes, double tapping to zoom in and out, even when IE is running in Snap state. Zooming and panning with Windows 8 Metro is fluid and very reactive. However, you are just two clicks away from the plug-in capable version of IE.
- 2. Semantic Zoom
All your apps can be organized in a snap with Semantic Zoom. You can zoom out the screen by just pinching it and then the start screen tiles can be minimized entirely and also they can easily be rearranged. Without scrolling endlessly you can choose to drag individual tiles or a group of them, reorder them to decide how they should appear in the Start screen.
- 3. App Bar
Metro does not allow applications like Chrome, however, it knows that you might need it sometimes. So when you try swapping from the bottom of the screen, Windows 8 gives you access to it via the App bar. This is indeed a better way to have controls when you need them and remove when you don’t need them. By swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen, they show in-app commands in a couple of apps.
- 4. App Management and Switching
By swiping from the left edge, you can swap between running apps in Metro in the developer preview. But in the consumer preview, this functionality
is taken to another level. By doing a left side mini swipe or by using the mouse to go to top left corner of screen and pulling it down, you can see the running apps.
- 5. Charms
Charms bar is brought up when you swipe in from theright side; it allows you to access settings, search, share data with other apps and more.
So that’s some Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparisons and improvements. Ciao!