The release of a new Windows operating system has the potential to create volumes of confusion for those using previous versions of the operating system, and a similar confusion existed with Windows Vista when it was first released. There are only a few minor differences and some important background information to get you started. Users highly dependent on Internet functionality will have to adapt very quickly.
The most obvious differences are the new user interface. The task bar is replaced by a more Photos-like dock for easy access to files, as well as the familiar ” alerts “toolbar. One of the great new additions is the ability to pin items to the taskbar, including system utilities and other applications, so that one window can be navigated from any other window. Another new feature is the adoption of the “Show Desktop” button, which is a great help if you are working with multiple windows.
A nice change is that all the open windows show up in the taskbar, as opposed to just those related to Internet Explorer or to other running applications. This change saves a lot of room clicking through all the other windows of a given application. The pinned applications also stay on the taskbar, so you can quickly launch another application, or navigate to it, instead of just ignoring what you have open.
A nice feature in windows explorer is being able to rearrange thumbnails as you view them. The traditional way to browse through large directories and display thumbnails is to simultaneously click on each one and browse through them, to show the one you want. This can make searching for things much faster, especially if you display thumbnails of large directories.
Security is a great concern for home users. The new Windows security center offers a much tighter control over what programs automatically run at start-up. Applications can be blocked from running without your permission, and only while you allow it. For example, you can adjust the hard drive size to apps, leaving yourself free to navigate away to other applications, while still checking or updating a given application.Firewall and automatic updates are also a nice touch that no longer needs the help of the IT department.
One component that Microsoft has dropped since achieving the top spot in the industry is the outdated document format. known as Acrobat Reader, it will no longer be made available. The de facto alternative is now Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded from any free web browser such as Mozilla, K-Me Search and Adobe. However, K-Me and Adobe Reader do not have the same accessibility features as Adobe Reader, due to the different licensing rights that are associated with the former. Another notable change is that Microsoft will not be making extensions for IE7 (the Microsoft of old) any time soon, so you’ll either need to change over to another browser, or never get it in the first place.
Despite all these changes and what it implies, Windows XP continues to reign as the most popular operating system. It is very much possible, however, that in the near future the usage of Microsoft Office will decrease, and Mac OS X and Linux may take the lead from Microsoft Windows. Even in the event that Office does away with Microsoft’s dominance, many applications, both free and paid, will simply be too enhanced for anyone to fully replace them in the near future. Regardless of how you use or manage your software, you’ll always have that choice…Microsoft’s Office or the equivalent alternative for Mac and PC…so it always comes down to a matter of personal preference.