Difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7

Microsoft’s latest offering, the touch-centric, Windows 8 comes with a wide array of features when to compared to its predecessor Windows 7. Microsoft scored big with Windows 7 and now with the release of Windows 8, the American software giant aims to show that even windows can be made work on tablets.

The key differences that differentiate Windows 8 from Windows 7 include:

  • Interface/Start Screen: The most popular upgrade in Windows 8 is the interface, also called metro user interface. Touch support has been improved immensely in this version, where users can select items on the menu even with the windows closed.  If it was the start menu for Windows 7, then it is the start screen for Windows 8.

Gone are the days when the user has to double-click on an icon in order to open the corresponding program. Windows 8’s innovative touch metro UI has live tiles, which can be customized as per user’s preferences. With a striking resemblance to the interface type on mobile devices that run the Windows OS, these tiles continuously update and show new information. There is an additional Charm bar on the screen’s right side. This bar is responsible for providing access to many installed applications and other system-related features.

  • ARM Support: The Windows 7 architecture supported machines that were x86 processor based, like laptops and desktops. But things are different with Windows 8 since it comes with a design that is highly compatible with both x86 processors and Advanced RISC Machines (ARM). Majority of the mobile devices found today are ARM based aims to be compatible with these mobile devices.
  • Multiple-Monitor Support: The new multiple-monitor option found on Windows 8 allows users to perform various functions simultaneously. The new short-cuts on the multi-monitor keyboard allows the movement of applications from one monitor to another, enables application drag and drop from one screen to another, and allows an extended single-image wall paper.
  • Snap Applications: In Windows 8, users have the liberty to display two applications simultaneously with one dominating one-third of the screen, either left or right, and the other application occupies the rest of the screen. With the use of the touch screen both the applications can be either made smaller or larger.
  • Task Manager: The improved task manager on Windows 8 has simplified the user applications and computer performance something that was missing in the Windows 7. The tasks can be killed anytime with just one click. The task manager can be opened in-depth for more information and details.
  • Picture Password: No more alphabets or numbers or any special characters are required to be used as passwords to log on to locked computers. Instead, users are provided with pictures and by arranging the pictures in the correct order unlock the system.

Other features of Windows 8 include lock screen, search and social, cloud, store, secure reboot,Skype, and SkyDrive.

It is quite noticeable that Windows 8 is superior to Windows 7 in most features with its success depending on its users.