Before we start, let’s take the time to not thank Microsoft, but the actual people that made Windows 8 possible. We need to remember that Windows 8 is a product of real people working together, real, brilliant engineers that we should not take for granted. To the leaders, coders, designers, and everyone else in the Windows team, THANK YOU!
Windows 8 is a technological wonder that ought to put us in awe. It is a creation that shows how far humanity has achieved. Yet, its imperfections show that it was, indeed, created by human beings rather than the perfect, Almighty, God. It is a human engineering marvel of our time.
Its wonder start from the fact that Windows operates flawlessly at such a huge scale. This is a software that, you may say, is the least buggy software that humanity has created thus far. That by itself makes Windows 8 amazing. The fact that it is able to run on so many devices without a headache is the first sign of its engineering success. I know of no other software or operating system that runs as smoothly on so many devices. Its ability to have over a billion people rely on it for daily computing operation proves this. Windows 8, like Windows 7, is a solid and stable piece of software on a huge magnitude of use cases.
This second part is particularly important in regards to Windows 8. Not only did the designers create an OS that is a revolution, massive shift, and does so much more than its predecessor, the designers made sure to make this superior OS use even less system resources, make it snappier and more efficient than its predecessor. That by itself should cause people to pause and think. I cannot recall another time something like this, at this magnitude, was achieved with software. For example, when Windows Vista was created, it added new features, but at the same time, it required much more resources than did its predecessor. Frankly, the new features of Windows Vista over Windows XP, however, pales in comparison to the new features of Windows 8 over Windows 7. Yet, Windows 8 has achieved the efficiency that Windows Vista couldn’t even dream to have done so. It’s not just Windows Vista, OSX had a much greater system requirement than did OS9. The new Unity UI in Ubuntu requires far more resources than its predecessor UI. Windows 8 remains the only OS in my mind that brings a huge number of revolutionary features while keeping the legacy features intact and, at the same time, remains less resource hungry. So, readers, please pause and applaud the real people that make this a reality. When you really realize what is going on here, you will learn to appreciate the work of these people.
Now I would like to touch up on the obvious imperfections of this operating system. Frankly speaking, Windows 8 is far from perfect. Yet, you have to realize that this is precisely what makes it a product of human engineering. Human were never perfect, and will never be. We, as humanity, strive to get closer to perfection, and we will. We will be more perfect, but never fully perfect. Windows 95 introduced the modern desktop. It was far from perfect. But with each new version, it got closer to perfection. The Windows 8 desktop is the closest to perfection Windows has ever gotten, yet still not fully perfect. The same principle applies to other OS’s, including OSX, iOS, Android, and others. Real people are striving to make an OS that is closer to perfection with successive versions. But remember, besides the desktop, Windows 8 is a version 1.0 of the reimagined Windows, and, like Windows 95, it is far from perfect. Real people, real engineers, will strive for perfection with future versions of the reimagined Windows. But think of it this way, the funny inconsistencies, bugs, and design flaw, reminds us that, clearly, Windows 8 is a product of real human beings. As such, we should credit these human beings for the hard work they did do to make the things in Windows 8 that are perfect.
Windows 8 is an engineering marvel, my friends. It is also a product of human imperfection. It is a time stamp of 2012 software engineering at its peak. Take a moment to applaud these real people’s achievements rather than criticizing them for their imperfections.