Desktops and Notebooks: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8 Look to Redefine PC Experience

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-05-22 Print this article Print
HP TouchSmart 620 3D Edition PC

HP TouchSmart 620 3D Edition PC

The HP TouchSmart 620 3D Edition PC provides the ultimate 3D experience with its large 23-inch display that swivels up to 180 degrees and reclines up to 60 degrees. The all-in-one PC features a built-in 3D Webcam, allowing for 3D photo and video creation and TriDef Ignition Game Player for users to enjoy playing games in 3D. It comes standard with Beats Audio and HP LinkUp for the ultimate experience in sound and convenience and is bundled with a pair of stereoscopic 3D glasses.
Microsoft says advances in touch, 3D and high-definition display technologies have created new possibilities, from changing the way people watch movies to how we take pictures. In the enterprise, collaboration has also been redefined, thanks to these technical advances, with large-scale touch-screens helping employees stay productive while making it possible to interact with colleagues in new ways, no matter where they are located. For Microsoft, the current Windows 7 and the upcoming Windows 8 operating systems hold the key to combining these various technologies and changing the way people work and consume media, while giving a whole new meaning to the concept of the "consumerization of IT." Windows 8 is a chance for Microsoft and its partners to put the PC back at the center of people's lives, while also expanding into tablets—an area Apple has dominated with the iPad. On May 21, Microsoft shared details on the multi-monitor experience for Windows 8. "From the very first public release and demonstrations of Windows 8, we have shown improvements over Windows 7 for multi-monitor scenarios and have shown how we support new Metro-style apps within a multi-monitor environment," said Microsoft's Windows president Steven Sinofsky. "We have continued to develop and refine features for multiple monitors and have significantly enhanced the experience as we move to our next milestone, the Release Preview." Here, eWEEK looks at what Windows 7 has to offer both business users and consumers, and previews what people can expect from Microsoft Windows 8 and what the company has done since the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and earlier versions of the new operating system.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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