Windows 8 is an operating system developed by Microsoft for laptops, computers, home theater PCs and tablets.
It has a simple interface that is similar to the app interface, where every program has its own icon and can be opened with a click or a tap. Some computers or laptops with this operating system are available with touchscreen, making it similar to a tablet or phone. Windows 8 OS is also available on the Windows mobile phone, which now competes with iOS and Android. Microsoft designed this operating system in such a way that it can be more customizable for the user. Taking away certain apps, adding on personal ones, and throwing in a personal picture for wallpaper are among many possible things to do in Windows 8.
An OS with Apps
To the average laptop user, the Windows 8 operating system may look a bit intimidating. The interface strays far from the normal Windows 7 or below. The familiar desktop becomes an app in which it is possible to go to from the start menu, which is the screen with all of the adjustable apps, back to the normal desktop. Apps can be downloaded, deleted, moved around, resized on the screen, and replaced; it is very customizable, and made to cater towards whatever the consumer’s needs may be. Some apps will even provide live or local updates directly onto the screen without having to open it, such as the current weather, or updates from social media websites. A search bar pops up whenever something is typed from the Start menu that is able to search the keywords through the web, the apps, or the PC.
Themes and Variations
Quite similar to a phone, controlling apps and learning about their actual controls is made simple with a swipe or a mouse-over. Swipe from the left to open all of the apps that are currently open; it is possible to switch from one task to another this way, or to have two tasks open side by side at once. Play a full-screen video game and have e-mail open on the side of the screen—there are many varieties of multi-tasking. There are more ways to make Windows 8 even more customizable. Search the web for “Windows 8 themes”, and websites with downloadable pictured themes will pop up. Whether the user likes landscapes, food, animals, plants—anything and everything can be found through the web. Once downloaded, open the theme through the Start menu and apply it. Then, the background and ‘theme’ of the OS will look like whatever the user has downloaded.
Everything in Windows 8 was designed to cater to the user; personalization is the biggest advantage point, all while trying to keep the familiarity. Keeping the design simple makes it easier for the user to customize it according to their needs, whether it’s for school, work, or simply to play games and chat with friends. Applying themes to the OS makes it more appealing to the user, and it can always be changed back to any of the default theme and settings.