- Windows 8
Up until now, Microsoft hadn’t actually announced the name of their much expected OS – everyone was just sort of assuming, that it’s called Windows 8. Well now it has been confirmed…sort of. The next generation of Windows is going to come in (just) 3 editions, one of which is going to be called Windows RT and will only be used on devices with ARM-based chips (read tablets). This version is only going to come pre-installed on such devices and won’t be sold separately. A unique feature it’s going to offer is the touch-optimized Microsoft Office, which is vital to a big part of Microsoft’s target group.
- Windows 8 powered notebook
The other two versions are both going to be used with x86 processors and are called Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. As you have probably figured out, they’re both going to be the same basic software, but the latter is going to come with more features aimed specifically at business users. It’s going to support encryption of the file system, Remote Desktop (host) and similar features, which the avarage user doesn’t need.
All 3 version of the new Windows will support both keyboard and mouse and touch-screens as input methods with the choice down to the user, to decide which would suit his purposes best. B. A.