Windows OS Reviews

A collection of all Windows OS Reviews…

Windows 8 (Release Preview)

Microsoft has just blown off the covers of its pride and joy, the Windows 8 Release Preview. After three months of work and testing, the Software giant made the the build available yesterday, May 31 ( a whole week ahead of schedule.) We have made an exclusive video review of the Release Preview.

Exclusive HD Review brought to you by Premier Microsoft

If you interested to learn what’s new about the Windows 8 Release Preview, you come to the right place. This is part 1 of the Ultimate Guide.

What’s New in Windows 8

Lots of Personalization

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In the Consumer Preview, folks were dismayed at the little options available. Things have now changed with the Release Preview, which features 25 personalization color themes… almost too much!

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There is one new lock screen picture ( see right). Other than that, things were kept the same. The Account tile has the Camera option in a different place.

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Plenty of Apps ( Good Apps… BTW)

imageQuality seems to emanate from the Release Preview. This is no truer in the apps. From staples like Fruit Ninja to Wikipedia and the CW. The apps have a feel of grandness; bugs are quickly fixed and UI issues are updated.

Here are some of the best:

Wikipedia– all that you love about Wikipedia in a simple reading app. Text is clear, imagepictures and photos render as if you were on the website. Good navigation and side-scrolling is also present.

imageCW another fantastic app for Windows 8. It features a great layout with all your favorite CW shows. The app delivers interview, recaps, and rewinds for any show you chose.

See more.

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Free Books– a cute and simple application that delivers thousands of free books and the the tap of a mouse.

Cleaning it Metro-Style

In the Release Preview of Windows 8, all Desktop apps ( Wordpad, Paint) and the Windows Explorer are now much cleaner to look at. This is because all the UI has gone a Metro do-over. A little thing, of course, but appearance plays a key factor.

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Fine Tuning App Previews

The App Previews have gotten a huge overhaul in the Release Preview. Significant changes include bug fixes, stability improvements, and UI enhancements. Here are some noteworthy changes:

People App is much faster and streams data much faster.

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Mail App has clearer and more intuitive navigation: Mail is sorted by folder ( Ex: Inbox)

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Music App is all about the music experience. Big and bold graphics of trending and popular music meet the user. No more ads!!!

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Preventing Accidents…?

As our team reviewed the Release Preview, we found a lot of instances where the OS would help us make the right choice. Here are some examples:

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Stay tuned for more Windows 8 news and updates

 

Windows 8 (Consumer Preview)

Note: Release Preview is the latest version of Microsoft Windows 8

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So. The Windows 8 Consumer is now here. Needless to say, all of the world has blown up in animated conversation over Microsoft’s fresh new OS.. .From just looking at this image, it’s easy to see why Windows 8 is a revolutionary experience, a true re-imagining of Windows.Windows8-Start-Screen_thumb8

For some of you guys, installing Windows 8 was simply out of the question. The fact that only clean-installs and partition installs are supported made you think too much about your precious data over the goodness of Windows 8.

Never fear. Our editors have been scurrying over the Microsoft’s Metro goodness in every form factor and possible scenario. We wanted to grant you, the reader, the most comprehensive overview of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Our team installed Windows 8 using Virtual Box, and then got down and dirty to partition our hard drives for a native install.

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In Part 1 of this review, we will expound the  few things that stood out: From improved performance, faster more fluid animations and refined features, Microsoft really polished this beta.

Note: All screenshots taken by the Premier Microsoft team.

rock solid Performance

It Simply Doesn’t Go Down

Windows 8 handles as you would expect. Doesn’t mean Microsoft OS will fly at 20,000 feet, but throw some seriously demanding computational work, launch your favorite graphics software, or just jam to the tune of thousands of your MP3s… you can expect the operating system to orchestrate all your tasks in seamless and easy fashion.

Windows8-Start-Screen1_thumb4 We first tested the OS via virtualization….result? Not one single crash. Next came the hard part. How would Microsoft’s operating system perform with a native partition install- even better… we have yet to see a crash of any kind. Time will tell- but it’s hard to break an OS that has the breakthrough tech of the 21st century and the sound, successful performance code of Windows 7 and Windows XP.

A Love Letter to Multitasking

Equally impressive is the solid multitasking features. We’re not talking about a popular tablet with a Home Button that if double-clicked shows you a string of apps that are running.

Windows-8_-Switcher-UI_thumb7Windows 8 is a love-letter to multi-tasking. Microsoft introduced the Switcher UI, allowing easy one-click access to any running apps.

I Just Love That Feature…

Improved Task Manager

It’s sad. I hate to admit it. But, a lot of core computer functionality has been missing in Windows for years. Case in point, the Start-up programs. If you didn’t want to download a trashy third-party utility, then your only hope was to navigate through NT-era dialogs. Not so anymore with Windows 8. The Task Manager now features a Start Up functionality, allowing folks to monitor Start-up programs and the impact those programs are having on PC performance…. beautiful work, Microsoft!

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Finally I know my misspellings…

I know it sounds strange. But one of the top feature requests for the Windows operating system is a system-wide spell check. That day has come. Windows users can now be overjoyed to see the infamous red squiggle throughout their system… however, if you are posting a Tweet somewhere on the web or perhaps just typing reminders on Notepad, Windows will now spell-check on a system-wide basis… it doesn’t matter if it’s a Tweet, a Facebook Share, or a Bing Search, the OS will now spell check it finds… amazing!

Ain’t Those Apps Pretty

Yep. They really are. Microsoft really let the development juices flow this time around. Forget those trashy Headlines apps or the quirky Socialite( those apps were created by college interns)…Windows8_Apps_thumb3 instead, the Windows Store is populated with tier-one apps of the highest level. From News and Dictionary, to Games and Mail, it’s all there… and it is just getting better.

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Tune in  for the second part of this review for more Windows 8 goodness.

Keep reading on for a review of Windows 7


 

Windows_7_Logo_2Windows 7

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Windows 7 is simply the best operating system in the market
today. I have had tons of experience using Windows Operating System back when Windows 95 first debuted its Desktop Graphical User Interface.

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Windows 7 is truly an awesome rock-solid platform…if you could care less about Operating systems, and simply just want to have a good computer experience, Windows 7 is right for you. In this review, i will point out versions, features, and bottom line conclusion for Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Versions: Flavors in Abundance

Here is the skinny on versions…

Windows 7 Starter

– this version is by far the least efficient version…usually comes with cheap netbooks and is nothing more than a shell with no real power. Starter works fine though on a medium laptop, but on a netbook, Starter is nothing more than a waste of time.

A77JTWindows 7 Home Premium   

   – this version of 7 is the best all-round version for anybody from stay-at home moms to mid-level laptop experts. It includes all the neat Aero Glass features and plenty of stability for whatever needs you may have. If Windows 7 is a first for you, I recommend Home Premium.

Windows 7 Professional-

this version is primarily designed
for people who want to run old business software…the Windows XP mode and other
business features such Domain Join for better company network connection

Windows 7 Ultimate- as it name implies, this is the most expensive version…primarily designed for geeks and high-level business,features include Bitlocker Encryption for Hard Drive and support for any language of your choice

Features: They are Loaded

AERO PEEK– easily peek through the many open windows to your
desktop by making your windows go transparent

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AERO SHAKE– minimize all Windows by simply shaking the
windows you want to remain open

AERO SNAP– drag a windows to the border of your desktop, the
windows snaps into place

JUMP LISTS– shortcut into a favorite file or program feature
by right-clicking the program that has been pinned to the taskbar

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PINNED SITES– pin programs for quick access from the taskbar

Improvements:

IMPROVED NOTIFICATION– no more annoying messages,
notifications are streamlined into the Action Center

IMPROVED TROUBLESHOOTING

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IMPROVED SEARCH– faster search than Vista’s

IMPROVED SECURITY better UAC along with more reliable
interface and Windows Update options

IMPROVED USER ACCOUNT CONTROL

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Price: It’s Nothing Cheap

This is  perhaps the only damper on the OS. Windows 7 is a tad expensive…Redmond should consider lowering the price since many Vista users want to see the difference in Windows 7.

Security: No one can crack this one

As far as a computer can remain secure, Windows 7 does its part….other software from Microsoft or other partners can be downloaded, but the core security OS software is great if not phenomenal. Action Center monitors the following programs:

Bottom line: this is the Operating System to beat;

Microsoft has already announced that all Windows 7 machines are upgradeable to Windows 8.
So, if you want to remain up to date, get Windows 7 and enjoy true stability for all your PC and gaming needs! Take it from a geek!!!

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