This might seem a little strange considering we do not actually use them in the same way we use our personal computers. Windows 95 was the first time we saw a personal computer that was a stand-alone device from which we could send information to someone else with an email. That was a considerable time after personal computers were first introduced when we used to store information on a disk and manually transfer it over to another computer using a removable storage medium.
- The Internet. The internet meant that everyone could now connect to each other. Before that it was only the big companies with huge mainframe computers and connected terminals that could transfer information. With the internet we could all have a website, access information and send it to each other, even if we did this in a very old fashioned way – almost the same as the way we sent ordinary mail.
- Social Media. Social media and collaboration were the beginning of the end of email. Do you still email like you used to, now you have Facebook for example? Or do you make a post, and comment on what others are sharing. Social media has been the biggest change in the way we share and work on-line for quite some time. Business has been using client-server based systems much more since the invention of Facebook. It is a way to keep their information safe. It is a way for them to share and collaborate, and set levels of security.
- Mobile Computing. The new Windows 8 upgrade will work on any device. We have all wanted true mobile computing for some time, but we have not really had it. How many people have you seen using a smartphone, but they still have to wait until they get home to their laptop or desktop to get access to some of the information? This because the format of the information stored, online or on their other device is different to that of their smartphone, or their information is not stored online. This is a total contradiction of mobile computing. This is what they are telling us when they talk about cloud computing and is what Windows 8 will truly bring to all devices. A single operating system for all devices.
- HTML5. HTML5 is the programming language of the internet. It is the language that makes applications like Facebook possible. Yes, Facebook is more than a website, it is an application. Just like you use your browser to access the company server, because that ‘website’ is also an application. Windows 8 allows the language of HTML5 to work directly on your computer’s operating system. It works like any other application. Windows 8 applications will work on all devices using the same operating system – so with Windows 8 you will finally be truly mobile and will be able to access all your information on the move.
The Re-Creation of Windows, as it is called, is called so because it is a fundamental change in the way we use our personal devices. It is going to provide a solid backbone to the way we can use computers.