Windows 8 (System Requirement)

Windows 8 slowly is progressing towards its final release. Windows 8 Developer Preview is already available for download and I will try it soon. Those who were anxiously waiting for Windows 8 can now test it on their systems and I am one of them. But the question is; what is Windows 8 minimum system requirement?

Windows-8 hardware requirement

Well this has been into discussion for a long time whether Windows 8 would be compatible for currently Windows 7 running machines? Or, even more what will be specific hardware requirement for Windows 8. If you think you have to upgrade to run Windows 8 then you are wrong. If you have the following minimum hardware then you can easily run Windows 8 on your system.

Windows 8 System Requirement

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver (Not absolutely necessary; only required for Aero)
  • Multi-touch display for using the touch based functions

So, if you have the above mentioned hardware then you can smoothly run Windows 8 on your system.

Via ItechMag 


Windows 8 Demo

The Windows 8 picture is becoming clearer. Following on from the slides allegedly leaked in June 2010 by a software engineer at HP, Microsoft has now outed more details about the interface design.

Microsoft says Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, “from the chip to the interface”.

It says that “a Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.”

Indeed, the new OS appears to have two completely separate interfaces – one, a traditional (and, on the surface of it, unchanged) Windows desktop and the other a new touch-based interface that borrows heavily from Windows Phone.

Actually, as you’ll see, it basically is Windows Phone. You can move seamlessly between the interfaces and even have both on screen at the same time. So that leads us to believe there will be a single OS for tablets and traditional PCs

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Android New Honeycomb 3.0

Honeycomb is an Android operating system. iOS is an Apple operating system. They are completely different beasts. Honeycomb is the much-anticipated new release of Android optimized for tablets.

Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of Android’s existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive. We’ve also made some powerful upgrades to the web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.

Changes will include:

  • Optimized tablet support with a new user interface
  • Three dimensional desktop with redesigned widgets purportedly taken from BumpTop, the 3D desktop acquired by Google in 2010.
  • Refined multi-tasking
  • Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability
  • Access to over 3 million Google eBooks
  • Browser enhancements including tabbed web pages, form auto-fill, bookmark syncing, and private browsing
  • Support for video chat using Google Talk

Windows 8

The first sight of Windows 8 might be just around the corner at 2011 International CES but some new rumors made their way to the public. According to WinSupersite, the Windows 8 will reportedly feature a new graphical user interface codenamed Mosh and a new application model codenamed Jupiter.

Windows 8 will include a new tile-based user interface that’s codenamed Mosh. Assuming this is true, I have to believe that this UI will be an alternative UI, and not a full replacement, or will appear only on low-end tablet-like devices aimed at the iPad. It sounds like something that will silence the critics who want the Windows Phone OS on a tablet.

Windows 8 will also include a new app model codenamed Jupiter that will target a new Windows Marketplace app store. The app store will provide access to new, Silverlight based “immersive” applications that are deployed as AppX packages (.appx). The Windows and Office teams are betting very heavily on this new app type, according to my source, and development has already begun using a beta version of Visual Studio 2012. These apps can be written in C#, Visual Basic, and even C++.

First look: Android 2.3 Gingerbread tour in screenshots

Android 2.3, codenamed Gingerbread, was revealed by Google this morning. It will ship first on the upcoming Nexus S smartphone, which was built by Google in collaboration with Samsung. According to an Android developer, we will likely see it rolled out as an update for Nexus One handsets in the next few weeks. We look forward to doing a full review when it arrives on devices, but we decided to get an early look via the SDK.

We tested Android 2.3 by running it in the emulator supplied with the official Android SDK. This gave us the ability to check out some of the user interface improvements and look at a few of the new features. It’s important to remember, however, that the platform image included in the SDK is not the final one that will be rolled out on hardware and is missing several components of the platform. The emulator is also a lot slower than running Android on actual hardware, so it’s hard to get an accurate feel for the impact of the performance improvements at this time.

As you can see, the home screen has undergone some minor theming changes. The notification bar is now solid black and the bottom panel is darker. Some of the icons have been tweaked to match the black and green palette. In terms of functionality, the home screen still largely behaves as before. It hasn’t caught up with third-party options such as LauncherPro yet.

The actual notification panel is darker and a bit more elegant. The bottom part still has a gradient, but the rest of it looks a lot flatter. The clear button is more rectangular.

The dialer has a much more subdued look. The bubble gradients on the buttons and text bar were stripped out in favor of a more static flat appearance. The rounded corners of the bottom rectangle have been squared off a bit more.

Application toolbar buttons have a black background with more pronounced transparency, but are still quite readable. The toolbar overflow menu is designed to match the new look of the buttons. The dark gray font of the shortcut text is a bit hard to read and could use with more contrast.

In the next screenshot, you can see the new text selection mechanism. You can drag the sliders on each size to change the range of the selection. It looks a lot like the equivalent feature that is available on some of the newer Motorola and Samsung Android handsets. Please note that the keyboard in the screenshot below is a multilingual keyboard that comes with the SDK and is not the updated keyboard that is shipping in Android 2.3. We were, unfortunately, not able to test the new keyboard yet.

The SIP calling feature is now available over WiFi. We couldn’t test it in the emulator, but you can see the new “Internet calling” field when you edit a contact from the platform’s address book.

The theme changes in Android 2.3 are subtle, but elegant. The simpler color palette looks like a good direction for Android and we like the look of the more translucent menu. The flatter and more rectangular feel is a bit surprising, but adds a nice flavor. It’s possible that these changes are a sort of transitional step between the 2.x and upcoming 3.x series, which is expected to bring more significant user interface changes.

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Windows 8 Release Date, Projected Late 2011

The Windows 8 release date has been shrouded in a cloud of rumors. Most experts expect a late 2011 early 2012 release of the operating system. A recently leaked Windows 8 product cycle chart provides the answers needed to determine the release date of the next Windows OS by Microsoft.

You can take a look at the image here. The chart lists the planning, development and readiness product cycle of Windows 8 and related Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live Wave 4, Windows Live Wave 5 and Windows 7. It also lists major events.

Some events and products have already been held / released and it is possible to pinpoint the release date of Windows 8 by making the remaining calculations.

Here is what we know. Forum I and Forum II have been major events, the former held in December 2009, the latter in April 2010. The listing lists four additional event, Forum III to Forum VI. The next two events fall into the development phase of Windows 8, the remaining two into the readiness phase.

Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Live Wave 4 have either been announced with final dates (at least for the beta) or released already.

Forum II was held 4-5 months after Forum I. If we take this approach we can calculate the approximate month of the other four forums. This would mean between 16 to 20 months from April 2010 on which coincides perfectly with the projected late 2011 release date.

The Windows 8 beta should be released around June 2011 and the final release might even hit the stores at the same time that Windows 7 was released, which was October.

The Internet Explorer 9 product cycle confirms the findings. Microsoft has announced a beta release of Internet Explorer 9 for August 2010. This would be the same time that Forum III will be held, which is exactly four months after Forum II.

The chart may be a bit off since Windows Live Wave 4 was released in June. It could be that Microsoft has projected the Forum III conference for June / July instead.

Could also be that the chart is not 100% accurate and it can happen that development cycles need to be shifted, especially if major issues are encountered during development.

Still, we are pretty sure that Microsoft will release the beta of Windows 8 in or around June 2011 and the final release of the operating system in or around October 2011.

What’s your take on the chart? We are very interested in users who can provide us with additional information including Forum III to Forum VI dates.


Windows 8 Concept

Dubbed the Copenhagen user experience, the following video is supposed to be a concept for a future generation of Windows – namely Windows 8. I was a bit surprised to see many Windows 7 concepts included so I contacted the creator, who confirmed that some concepts were adapted straight from Windows 7. The concept seems to be one year in the making.

Copenhagen shatters the composite prototypical event patterns people have developed for their OS, Windows.

Copenhagen is a User Experience concept that I designed. It is unique in the fact that it manages to bring together classic design, contemporary design, usability, and art.

There are also some similar Bumptop characteristics in the video. The scraps idea really caught my interest but the portable start menu and taskbar seemed too prone to accidental clicking.

Looks decent on video but will it work in practice? Let us know in the comments.