Biggest hoopla in my bedroom 2 nights ago, can be summed up in 1 word + 1 number: Windows 8.
I don’t really know if everyone anxiously await for it’s arrival, but I was. And I’ve seen the video review over youtube which shows less than stellar & optimistic coverage, which makes me even more giddy when an email from microsoft arrived on my mailbox telling me that the update is ready to be downloaded.
So after the upgrade I gave my laptop a try and here I shall give you a review of an orang awam teknologi yang sehari-hari berkerja sebagai Commercial Logistic Analyst (saya sendiri).
Minimum laptop specification needed to upgrade to Windows 8: A processor with processor speed of 1GHz or more; at least 2GB of RAM for 64-bit systems (or 1GB for 32-bit), 20GB of hard drive space (16GB for 32-bit), and DirectX 9-capable graphics.
And big news: you dont need to have a touch screen laptop to work/play with windows 8. I am using fully keyboard and mouse, should you want to know.
Upgrade cost: USD 39.00 (a special price which valid only until 31st January 2013) or USD 15.00 if you have a promotion code (dan gue pakainya opsi ini, YAY!).
The upgrade itself will take you +/- 5 hours to complete, and the system will foremost ask for your hotmail/msn account. Should you have not any of them, you can register during this process too, no hassle.
After login/sign-up of hotmail/msn account, the photo below is how your desktop will probably looked like. Looking pretty much like a windows phone with interactive live tiles. Operating system is looking slick and awesomely futuristic too.
If you scroll your mouse cursor to the left corner, there will pop up the seeting option, this is also where you will turn your laptop shut/off here from.
The next step you might want to do is to linked most of your social media and email accounts to your laptop. At this point you can sync it with: facebook, twitter, gmail, linkedin, microsoft outlook (should your office use this email service), and lain-lain.
This ease android users of course who stored most of their contact data on their gmail contact book. This function will enable us to have all of our contacts from various sources to be compiled into one mega phone/contacts book.
There are loads of new feature on Windows 8, and one of my favorite windows 8 feature is BING travel with it’s beautiful travel photos (ada Indonesia juga).
And for the old school souls, fear not, you can easily switch from live tiles user interface to classic desktop interface in an easy step, just a click away everybody.
Windows 8, enable you to also download applications from their applications store, simply called “STORE”, just like how you’d buy applications for your iPhone or Android smartphones/tablets. Although there are not much of available apps now, but I think we will see more of them in future as time progress.
This is tampilan salah satu twitter apps (tweetro) kalau membuka profile twitter orang. Loving how slick it looked like. Very neat though not exactly ergonomic.
So far the cons to Windows 8 that I can come up are:
- The applications store could use more apps.
- I got a bit light headed when I change the screen to much from one windows to another.
I have not yet able to come up with other cons yet for Windows 8. It’s sleek, it’s fun to use, easy to navigate (even without touch screen) and I have to say, load faster just like Apple’s Mac would. Should you upgrade your laptop/desktop to Windows 8? If you like beautiful presentation and in need to see something different other than microsoft 7 and Mac’s OS, then Windows 8 is your dude.
You can download the upgrade here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ID/windows/buy?ocid=GA8_O_WOL_DIS_ShopHP_FPP_Light
Score: 4 out of 4