On November 20, 1985, Microsoft introduced Windows, as an add-on to Microsoft Disk Operating System or MS-DOS. Windows is Microsoft’s response to the increasing demand in graphical user interfaces. Microsoft Windows became the most popular operating system, even surpassing Mac OS, which had been developed by Apple Inc. in 1984.Over the course of time, Microsoft came out with different versions of Windows. The latest client version of Windows introduces significant changes to Window’s basic platform. This version is known as Windows 8.
Windows 8 And Vista
Although, Windows 8 is designed to improve user experience on the latest technologies of mobile devices and tablets and also to fairly compete with other powerful operating system like Apple’s iOs and Android, there are still many Windows users who are having second thoughts on whether to take it for a spin. Windows Vista, the successor of Windows XP, is another popular choice for Windows operating system. This version is often being compared with Windows 8. Windows Vista has garnered positive reviews from users because this particular version has greatly improved the state of security in the Windows operating system. To find out which one is better, here is how Windows 8 compares with Windows Vista:
This operating system features a redesigned user interface known as Windows Aero. Aero stands for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open. a redesigned user interface (UI). If you will look closely, you will notice that this version appears glasslike and transparent. The fonts are also slightly bigger with new styles for wizards. Another great feature of the Vista is the “Start” button. Unlike, the previous version of Windows wherein the “Start” button is found at the bottom-left corner of the screen, this version uses a round .graphical element with a glassy appearance known as the Windows orb. Furthermore, screenshot in vista is much easier. Microsoft has included a utility known as the Snipping Tool to make capturing screen shots faster and simpler.
Windows 8 features a faster startup through UEFI integration and the new “Hybrid Boot” mode. It also has a new lock screen with a clock and notifications. The latest version also allows faster data transfer because of the additional native support for USB 3.0 devices and as near field communication support to make sharing and communication between devices easier and faster. Moreover, Windows 8 features a new style of application. It also optimizes the Windows Store, which provide free and paid listings for desktop applications certified to run on Windows 8.
Safety And Security
Windows Vista uses a number of security and safety features most of which are not available in previous versions of Windows. The User Account Control is a new infrastructure. Before allowing action that requires administrative privileges, user consent is being required. It also has a Bitlocker Drive Encryption that offers full disk encryption for the system volume. Windows firewall also includes IPv6 connection filtering; fully integrated IPsec and a new management console snap-in named Windows Firewall with Advanced Security,
This version offers family protection setting, that monitors children internet use. Moreover, this new version already includes antivirus protection. The Windows Defender replaces Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender runs in the background and informs you when special action is required. With this new version, phishing scams and new malwares can also be prevented with the Windows Smartscreen. It detects and notifies you of illegal and unrecognized website or app.
Windows Vista and Windows 8 are two of the most popular operating system introduced by Microsoft. When considering a new Windows operating system, assess your computer usage. Determine the primary function of your computer. It will help you decide what types of tools and networking devices that you will use and the level of security you require will follow.