Comparing Windows 8 and Windows 7 – the good, the bad, no ugly
It‘s getting hot in the operational system battle and it doesn’t seem to cool off anytime soon. When the final version of Windows 8 came out the descriptions, reviews and comparisons with Win 7 started rolling out one after another. I wouldn’t like to write a 10.000 words review or comparison on every possible feature, but here is the initial opinion on loading, shut down, file copying, browsing and gaming speed…
First of all there is no Start menu seen on the new start screen on the bottom left corner of the screen. It’s nowhere to be found, so you will just have to get around without it. Instead, you get the so called Metro interface, which is already used in Windows phones. Some users may find it a bit disturbing, but every new thing takes a while to get used to. The same mumbling could be heard when Windows XP Home, Professional, Vista (that one was indeed a flaw) were introduced. What we, users, forget is that every new thing (mechanical or software), no matter how good it is, will always have bugs which will be fixed sooner or later.
Shutdown and startup time takes less than Windows 7 (not even talking about Windows XP) and that’s cool, because sometimes just a few seconds may make a difference in choosing the OS to install.
Internet browser load up time as well as tab or window opening speed presents somewhat different results in both Win 7 and 8 versions. Some browsers work faster in Windows 8 (Chrome, Firefox), whereas Internet Explorer had the slowest loading results. However, the Win 8 version was the quickest.
Office programs (MS office 2010) were also loading a few seconds faster in Windows 8.
File copying and moving displayed almost similar results, so let’s put a break even here. The same can be said about PC gaming results – no clear winner here, both OS systems produced good results, fast loading and performance.
It seems to me that the latest platform is designed to be used more with tablets or laptops, so Microsoft is heading in the right direction, I guess focusing on the PC market trends. It doesn’t mean though that desktops are a no go for Windows 8, it’s just designed to fit perfectly with portable devices.
To sum up, Windows 8 platform offers far greater expectations compared to the infamous Vista product which came after the sweet and still widely used XP. I am not saying, Vista was a total disaster, but in my case – near that point. It seems that Microsoft put a lot of effort since to rehabilitate themselves and built up something worth mitigating the negative reaction past Vista release.