Technology seems to change overnight. Before the change happens touch up on what’s on the horizon with upcoming Computers and Operating Systems
What you need to know
As you might already know your next-generation computer and operating system are always right around the corner. Computer technology changes so fast that it is practically impossible to keep up with the latest and the greatest. This constant quest to trample the competition has the computer industry constantly on its toes and for us consumers that means we are probably never going to see the end of it. If you can’t always have the best and the latest, what you can do is at least research your purchase and make sure you are getting something that is going to last you a few years down the line, until the next-generation systems are released (around every 2-4 years).
We typically set some pretty high expectations for next-generation systems these days. Today the normal everyday person needs a lot more computing power then what was necessary just a few years ago. This constantly raises the competitive edge with the computer engineers, trying to find the most efficient way to fit more transistors in a logic board, and software developers constantly trying to figure out the best way to use all that power in the newer, and faster computers. This is why it is important to constantly try and pair the latest computer systems with the latest operating systems available. Concept Future Computers and Operating Systems are examples of the progress expected.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
If you are into open-source, Linux finally has a new counterpart that was released last year, but we have yet to see enough of: Google Chrome OS. Google’s spin on the popular open-source, free alternative is said to work exclusively with web applications. Limiting the amount of data individual users need to have in their computers. Google marketed the idea in the form of a laptop called the ChromeBook, which has been available since about June of last year.
Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft has gone an entirely new direction with their operating system concept as is trying to earn their place in the mobile OS market by making Windows 8 a cross-platform monster aimed to work on tablet devices and mobile devices. On a computer the desktop interface looks and feels like Windows 7, but don’t expect to find a Start button or Start menu anywhere. Key features, both of which have been core features of the software since the debut of Windows 95, 17 years ago. Also initially we aren’t greeted with a desktop, but an interface originally developed for Windows Phones called “Metro”, which is an array of dynamically updated tiles that make-up what is similar to icons on a mobile device.
Apple MAC OS X Mountain Lion
Mac OS X “Mountain Lion” is coming soon; there already is a developer beta that was released mid-February and it’s receiving great feedback, but one feature users say you still won’t expect to find yet is Siri. Truly though, you can’t say that voice assisted features have found their place in desktops yet and developers feel the same way. Aside from the lack of Siri, Mount Lion is said to please the apple crowd with a set of 10 features that are sure to change the game. Three of them have already been introduced in Lion: iMessage, Reminders, and Notes; but now are actually separate stand-alone programs that interact accordingly with their iOS counterparts through iCloud. Apple is also aiming to reinforce OS X’s resilience to malware and security with the introduction of Gatekeeper, which is directed at controlling what types of applications can and can’t be installed.
If your hell bent on trying to find a perfectly compact and equally powerful Windows fed laptop then you should probably check out Intel’s latest inspiration: The UltraBook. Ultrabooks are designed to feature reduced size and weight, and an extended battery life that won’t compromise the systems performance. They use solid-state drives, integrated graphic chip-sets, and a new line of low-power intake processors developed by Intel. The size reduction comes at a cost though, limiting the number of external USB and data ports available.