Windows 8 Designed for Tablets
One of the biggest changes to the way we use our computers has been brought about by the success of tablet PCs. These slimline machines let us access our emails, browse the web, play games and work on apps, quickly and easily.
They’ve changed our expectations of what our PCs can do and how they should perform.
With a tablet, it’s no longer acceptable to wait while the operating system loads up – they should be able to go in and out of hibernation instantly.
Battery life should also be far longer than what we’ve let laptops get away with in the past.
For all its successes, Windows 7 wasn’t built from the ground up for tablet PCs. But with Windows 8 Microsoft has kept tablet PCs at the forefront, resulting in an OS that’s a perfect fit for tablets.
There are two main tablet operating systems -Apple’s iOS, which is found on the ¡Pad, and Google’s Android.
Both have their disadvantages, ones that Windows 8 can easily overcome, making it the go-to operating system for tablet PCs in the future.
Windows 8‘s biggest advantage for tablet owners is its brand new Metro interface, which is perfectly suited to the touchscreen interface of tablet PCs.
Like a supercharged version of the Windows Phone 7 interface, Metro makes using Windows 8 on a tablet a pleasure.
It’s quick, responsive and clear. But most importantly of all, it’s easy to use. All of your apps, games, favourite websites and settings for your PC can be quickly and easily accessed via the Metro interface. The large tiles aren’t just easy to select with your fingers, many applications will support live updating of the tiles to give you even more information at your fingertips. The large text of the Metro interface makes it easy to read on smaller screens as well.
It’s customisable too, so you can move tiles about to give you quick access to your favourites. You can also choose the size and shape (between squares and rectangles) of the tiles.
With a bit of simple tweaking you’ll soon have the Windows 8 Metro interface looking and working just how you want it to.
Apps will also be able to work together in the Metro interface, so if you search for a word in Bing, you can swipe in another app to have the search term automatically move over to the new app.
There’s a huge potential for the new Metro interface on tablet PCs and it could prove to be Windows 8′s greatest triumph.