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Windows 8 introduced major changes to better compete with Android and iOS in the mobile market. As the public started moving to
the mobile side of technology with tablets and smartphones, Microsoft decided they, too, will head into the mobile market. Windows
8 was divided into two parts. On one side you have the standard Desktop screen that you find on previous versions and on the
other side is the new Start Screen. As your probably already aware, there is no longer a start menu, let alone a start button.
Windows 8 Start Screen was designed to focus on the Touch user interface on tablets using the "Metro" design language,
intergration with online services to provide up to the minute content with "Live" tiles, sync apps and settings bewteen devices, and
added the Windows Store (similar to Google Play Store on the Android and Apple Store on the iOS) to download and purchase new
The operating system is available as Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and the new Windows 8 RT. Pro adds
BitLocker, Hyper-V, ability to join a domain, and the ability to add Windows Media Center as a paid add-on. Users of Windows 8
can buy the Pro Pack to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. Enterprise was released to Businesses with added
features specific to a business enviroment and only available in volume licensing. Windows 8 RT is the new edition to the
Windows family. This OS is strictly for use on ARM based devices like the Microsoft Surface tablets. It's preloaded on compatible
devices at the manufactere and not available in Retail.
There have been criticism over Windows 8 Secure Boot not permitting the user to install an alternate operating system. Microsoft
stated the vendors would have to reconfigure the UEFI Secure Boot or disble it on their devices. However, Windows RT devices
will have Secure Boot enabled permanently. Windows Store also received critisim for being a close platform by game developers
saying it was conflicting with the belief the PC as an Open Platform. When Windows 8 was released in October 2012, there were
criticism over the missing Start button and had to use "hot" corners to access new features like the Charms bar. Many of the Apps
were too Basic and lacked functionality. Other Criticims included the removal of Media Center and the abilities to play videos and
DVDs. Microsoft decided to remove MC and video codecs since the popularity of NetFlix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc., can stream
videos over the internet. There was a steep Learning curve and many parts of the new interface was clumsy and impractical. For
many people, it confusing to interact.
Windows 8 was released October 25, 2012 with 4 million copies sold over the weekend. By December 2012, 40 million copies
were sold, which passed Windows 7 in the same release period. Windows tablets showed a growth of 7.4% which is still low
compared to Andriod's 43.4% and iOS 48.2% marketshare, however, they were in the market much longer than Microsoft.
Hewlett-Packard offered PCs with Windows 7 in 2014 because of the issues with Windows 8 and was thought it was primarily
focused on the mobile market. Those upgrading from XP were looking for a more familar interface.