An important upgrade to the Windows operating system is the new Windows 8. It comes packed with new features, a new look, and a new overall feel. An overview of Windows 8 will be provided based on this Examiner's experience with the OS.
The first and the most noticeable feature on Windows 8 is the start menu. This menu acts as a replacement for the start button on earlier operating systems. It is designed like a tablet with customizable apps and touch movement if a computer has that functionality. Moving your mouse to the sides and corners will bring up various setting options. In this sense the desktop does not necessarily need to be opened, as many functions are in the start menu.
There is also a new Windows store that contains applications and helpful tools that you can place on your start menu. The start menu is the most prominent change to the traditional Windows OS. Microsoft has created an OS that is designed to be accessible, fast, and secure for the average user. This is a difficult feat, but the effort shows in the presentation and performance of Windows 8.
Windows 8 is primarily an OS that will be best used for personal home use. Not all older applications or functions will work in Windows 8 and the overall feel is different enough that it may deter users. In the end, the decision to get Windows 8 rests on whether or not you are ready to make the switch.