Right now, Microsoft and the Windows team are trying to do something that is unprecedented in the world of computers. They are trying to change the whole paradigm of computing as we know it. What started off as a whimper is now becoming a big bang with the introduction of the new Windows 8 operating system. We are starting to see changes in their UI, their internal structure and in their security model.
Let’s take a look:
The new UI
The new Windows 8 UI is something that is original and fresh. It is known as Metro and is something that we got a glimpse of in the new Windows 7 phone that were released recently. But now Microsoft is trying to bring that same style to both the PC and the tablet market. This new operating system will have a setting that will allow you to switch from the touch/metro aspect of the new UI, to the traditional looking desktop OS that we are all accustomed to. It is up to you which one you want to use.
The internal structure
Along with a new UI, we are starting to see changes in the internal structure as well. We are getting less easy access to the file system. Most people did not bother with the file system in the first place. Microsoft is coming to this revelation as well and they are making it less important. You will still be able to access it but it will not be displayed as a main feature.
The security of the system
Along with the new UI and the new internal structure, Microsoft is also introducing new security models to the operating system as well. The biggest change in their security model is that they are now going to try to encourage developers to create in a sandbox model for their version of the app store. It is possibly an idea that they got from Apple that they want to implement here.
Windows 8 is very impressive as a beta product. If they deliver everything as they promise, Microsoft will be on top of the computing world once again.