What’s the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8?

At face value Windows 7 and Windows 8 don’t just look different, they look like two completely distinct operating systems – it’s hard to believe one is simply the upgraded version of the other! The new sleek design behind Windows 8 is just one of its features – amidst the versatile tile layout and bright colours, there is a lot more to discover.

Firstly, Microsoft has enhanced the Windows experience for tablet users by bringing Windows 8 touch to the table. Whilst Windows 7 was optimized for tablets, its design made it unsuitable for prolonged use. Windows 8 is much niftier than its predecessor - this is reflected in the aforementioned tile layout, which makes simple things like opening/closing windows and accessing programmes a non-issue. The same can be said of the Windows 8 phones that have gone to market, which offer the same experience on a smaller scale.

Desktop-wise, the Start Screen has also changed significantly. Whilst Windows 8 has retained the traditional taskbar, clicking the start button takes you to the Start Screen rather than the menu we are all so used to. The Windows Store is also a new feature, which has an ever-growing wealth of apps to pick from. Windows 8 has also made cloud integration possible, by offering a SkyDrive app to sync to, as well as the ability to save data to and from cloud storage.

Gone are the days when the nay-sayers would claim that we are living in a post-PC era – with Windows 8, Microsoft is definitely asserting its role as a major competitor in the operating system game.

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