When Microsoft launched Windows 8, a noteworthy change was introduced to the operating system’s platform; a touch user interface and a start screen having a grid of applications. However, this release received a halfhearted response from the users because of a number of ambiguities.
One of the major problems was the extensive incorporation of multiple features in this OS, which resulted in confusion among diverse groups of users. In simple words, as this interface is compatible with touch-screen controls, at the same time, it is also designed to work with the use of conventional keyboard commands and mouse clicks. So it is like a tablet computer that also has a desktop mode similar to previous Windows, making itself a quite complex piece of software.
If we look at the startpage, it takes over the whole screen filling it with application tiles that you use frequently. However, to access the programs you use less often, there is no direct option. Firstly, one needs to slide up to the menu to select the “all apps” option where desired program from the available list can be chose; which is sometimes a big interruption in the workflow of the user.
Another difficulty is that majority of the controls have been folded away which means more time and effort gets consumed in finding the different controls. Talking about the options to close a program, there is no direct “x” button present in the top corners at right hand side as available in previous Windows. So one needs to either end a program using the task manager or could end up stumbling on out how to tow away the program to the base of the screen, which depends upon whether you are using touch screen mode or desktop mode.
Moreover, while using the touch screen mode, it is quite difficult to use and outline various mouse and keyboard commands. With all such loopholes, Microsoft has proposed the release of Windows version 8.1, so as to overcome all the difficulties that were encountered with its previous version.
Addition of new features and functionalities including bringing back the start button and color customization element for the desktop would be there, to ease up users with this latest release. Moreover, with the expiry of support provided by Windows XP by the end of the year, all PC users including businesses are looking forward for a better OS, so that they can use new applications effectively.
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