As you might know Microsoft has just released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview of their next operating system. Windows 8 are expecting to be finally released in the end of 2012. For a tech guy like me it is always interesting to follow the beta process of a new Windows version to see what features we can look forward to in the next version. Before we look into the new version let’s have a look on the history of Windows Client releases in the past.
The history of Microsoft Windows Client releases so far:
- 1995 – Windows 95 is released
- 1996 – Windows NT 4.0
- 1998 – Windows 98
- 1999 – Windows ME (Millennium Edition)
- 2000 – Windows 2000
- 2001 – Windows XP
- 2007 – Windows Vista
- 2009 – Windows 7
- Windows 8? (Will properly be released late 2012)
Actually Microsoft also released Windows versions before 1995 but Windows 95 was the first one able to natively run 32 bit applications.
Official Demo of Windows 8 Consumer Preview
The Windows Store – Microsoft have added a store like you know it from Smartphones.
Ribbon in Windows Explorer – Microsoft has added Ribbon like we know it from the Office products.
Picture password – login using mouse gestures over a picture instead of entering your password.
Improved Task Manager – The Task Manager have got a lot of new nice features.
New Remote Desktop client – The Remote Desktop Client has also been upgraded
Improved tablet support – The new user interface in Windows 8 had been developed with Tablet PC support in mind.
Things you might miss in Windows 8
Start Menu – The Start Menu are removed in Windows 8. This might take a while to get use to that for most people. The Start menu has been available since Windows 95, but maybe it is time to do things in another way.
New file system – There have been a lot of rumors about a new file system (ReFS) in Windows 8 to replace the old NTFS system. For now it looks like it will only be available in Windows server 8.
Remember that this is still a preview and Microsoft might change things in the final version. The whole idea with a Consumer preview like this is to get a lot of feedback from user to make the system better. Maybe they will remove features, maybe they will add additional features we never know.
Requirements to run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
That is all from me. Now it is your turn. I would very much like to hear what you think about Microsoft’s upcoming Windows version. Do you think it will be a success?