Just when you were getting used to using Windows 7, the world started talking about Windows 8. Which really isn’t a surprise when you consider how different Windows 8 is going to be. Without a doubt, these are the biggest changes users have seen in upgrading from the last version of Windows to the newest. The following are five of the key differences users can expect to see between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8

User Interface:
It’s true that Windows 7 offers touch screen support, but it’s nothing like what users can expect to see in Windows 8. In the latest version, users will be able to quickly select the programs they need from a group of tiles rather than menus, enjoy better handwriting recognition and use an on-screen keyboard like those found on smart phones. The interface is nothing like Windows users have ever seen. It’s also important to note that users will still be able to use a traditional keyboard and mouse, if they so choose.

Start Page:
Say goodbye to that pesky Start Menu because Windows 8 has a Stage Page. On the page you’ll find a screen similar to that of a Windows 7 based cell phone. You will select the program you need and then select the Start Button to be taken back to the Start Page. If you love how your smart phone works, you will love Windows 8.

Better Use of Multiple Screen Support:
People have been using multiple screens for several years, but Windows 8 makes it much easier to do. Users will be able to have the Start Page on one screen and their open programs on another. Even the appearance of the screen can be changed on each monitor. If you need to multi-task, you will love the ability to completely customize what is on each screen.
Windows to Go:
One feature that businesses will love is the ability to place Windows 8 on a USB drive so that employees can load the Windows image on their own Windows 7 or Windows 8 based machine. This will allow for more flexibility in the workplace giving employees the option to work from home.

Move over Apple, because Windows 8 will soon have “an app for that”. With the surge in popularity among Apple and Android users, it’s no surprise that Windows 8 will offer apps. The app store will be a lot like Apple in the fact that users must purchase apps from Microsoft. This is a good and bad thing. It will limit creativity, but at least the apps will be safe because Microsoft will be testing each app.

It’s plain to see that Windows 8 has the ability to be mind blowing. This is the first time that Windows has so drastically changed. Unfortunately, this is a case where users will either love the changes or hate the changes.