Difference Between Windows 7 and Windows 8

Windows 7 vs Windows 8

Windows 8 will be the newest member of the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems developed by Microsoft. Windows is intended for personal computers (i.e. home/business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablePCs and media center PCs). Windows 8 is supposed to be released in late 2012. Typically, Windows operating systems run on systems with x86 and IA-32 processor architectures. Windows 8 is the successor to Windows 7, which is their current version. Windows 8 has the same (or lower) systems requirements as Windows 7.

Windows 8

Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8 in late 2012. Windows 8 will support SoC (System-on-a-chip) and mobile ARM processor architectures. Much has been talked about the newly designed user interface that will be featured in Windows 8. A new “Start Screen” that holds live application titles will replace the existing start button. There will be applications for weather, investments, RSS feeds, personal page along with Windows Store and Windows Live account. By selecting a “Desktop” application, the user can go back to the regular desktop. The interface is intended for 16:9 resolutions with 1366×768 (or larger). The “snap” feature can be used to display two applications at once on larger screens. Similar to Windows Phone 7, Windows 8 will have Xbox Live integration. To make it much more secure, Windows 8 will use OEM Activation 3.0 (Windows 7 uses OEM 2.1). Windows will have system requirements equal or lower than for Windows 7. However, Microsoft claims that Windows 8 will better use the system resources to make it run smoothly than Windows 7.

Windows 7

Windows 7 is the current version of Microsoft Windows Operating system. It was released in late 2009, juts after only two and a half years after the release of its previous version, Windows Vista. The server version of the operating system called Windows 2008 Server R2 was released around the same time. Although Windows Vista introduced lots of new features, Windows 7 was intended as a more focused and stable incremental update. It was compatible with applications and hardware already compatible with Windows Vista. Windows 7 introduced several changes compared to its previous versions. Standard applications like Windows Calendar, Windows Mail, Windows Movie Maker and Windows Photo gallery have been rebranded as Windows Live products and are now offered with Windows Live Essentials applications. Superbar (an improved Windows shell), HomeGroup (a new networking system for home networking) and multi-touch support was introduced with Windows 7.

What is the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8?

Although, Windows 7 supports IA-32 and x86 architectures, Windows 8 will additionally support mobile ARM architecture and SoC. A newly designed user interface including a new start screen of Windows 8 will replace the start button functionality of Windows 7. Unlike Windows 7, Windows 8 will have Xbox Live integration capability. Windows 8 is claimed to be more secure than Windows 7, because it uses OEM activation 3.0, while Windows 7 uses OEM Activation 2.0.