People keep saying that Windows 8 will change the internet, and other such non-specific comments. It is true that the Metro user interface, the main façade of Windows 8 beta, will have a large impact on how we engage with the internet — but just saying this isn’t enough.
This article will consider what is meant by the phrase ‘change the internet’ and what effect it could actually have on you.
Windows 8 User Interface: Metro UI
Firstly, it is important to understand the simplification of the Windows 8 system. It has been made to work across platforms, and it will be for all intents and purposes a move toward a touch-friendly, tablet-esque interface with the internet and with apps. This interface is called The Metro UI.
As per microsoft : METRO IS OUR DESIGN LANGUAGE. WE CALL IT METRO BECAUSE IT’S MODERN AND CLEAN. IT’S FAST AND IN MOTION. IT’S ABOUT CONTENT AND TYPOGRAPHY. AND IT’S ENTIRELY AUTHENTIC.
Apps, Apps and Apps They Are Coming To Windows 8 Desktop:
Metro UI is basically a series of tiles that includes everything from apps to social media and email integration. It will work as an ever-updating hub into the world of the internet and into your own customised interests.
Largely, the result of this will be a removal of the need to ever actually engage with the internet as it is today, because in theory everything you need will be available directly from your Metro UI hub once you have set it up.
Instead of opening your emails, for example, you will be able to view a scrolling list of new emails and select from this list any individual email you wish to read. This will open the email that you want and cut out all the time wasting.
Xbox Live Integration:
One result of this integration is a greater level of control over what we are likely to see. As with Xbox Live, there will be a greater presence of marketing materials and suchlike in the store, but this can of course be controlled, and it will also be tailored to your preferences.
The SkyDrive Integration, Unlimited Cloud Option:
The most amazing element of the internet integration, however, is that of SkyDrive. SkyDrive will be an app that is available on all Windows 8 devices and will literally reach millions and millions of users. It allows you to use the SkyDrive as a kind of virtual computer that can be accessed through any Windows 8 device.
For all intents and purposes, this means every device becomes a window into your own personal computer rather than being a device of significance within itself. Some benefits of this include the fact there will be less of a need for internal storage, because the storage of the SkyDrive can be utilised instead.
A more significant benefit, however, is that you can get onto your computer and your files from literally any system with Windows 8 installed.
The free Windows 8 download does not yet include the SkyDrive, but the far reach and potential influence of this system that integrates the internet into our computers like never before is something amazing.
The claim that Windows 8 will change the internet is one that is valid for the simple reason that it will create a platform of personalisation that can be taken anywhere and accessed at any time. Internet integration will take leaps when Windows 8 is released, and it is set to revolutionise the way we compute.