Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 – Detailed Interface, Features, Stability and Security Comparison

Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is considered by many users an utter disappointment. The operating system was supposed to be a road-opener for the touchscreen era, but after it came out, the consumers were adamant about still using their mouse and keyboard. Windows 10, on the other hand, shows progress in the digital world and is largely considered better than its predecessor.

Here are a few of the differences between the two versions:

Boot time:

After being tested on both Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Microsoft Surface Pro, it was concluded that the boot time is the same, with the only difference being of only fractions of a second.  What can make the difference in the case of everyday users is the facial recognition feature on Windows 10, which can hurry the boot time by logging in the moment you sit in front of the computer. At the moment though, it requires a special Intel RealSense 3D camera, but in the future, the computers and laptops will hopefully have it integrated.

Conclusion:

Windows 10 is better, but only by taking into consideration the time that can be saved by using facial recognition.

Interface:

Windows 8’s interface was specifically made for touchscreen devices, without considering that many users don’t have those types of computers or laptops. Windows 10 corrected the errors, by designing the start menu as a Windows 7 and Windows 8 hybrid, to allow users to use it even on devices without a touchscreen.

It also has a new interface option, inspired by Linux, that lets you create a virtual desktop. Meaning, you can sort your apps on different desktops connected to the same PC, according to their intended use. For example, you can have one desktop destined for communication, with Skype, Outlook and other message centers, and you can have another one destined for work, with the Microsoft Office pack and a web browser.

Another addition to Windows 10 is the Cortana search bar, which allows you to enter voice commands or type them to search your apps already installed in your PC.

Conclusion:

Windows 10 obtains a victory over Windows 8.1.

Stability:

Even though it wasn’t as loved by users as it was hoped, Windows 8 was considered very stable compared to Windows 10 which was pretty shaky at first. We’re sure that it will improve over time, but for the time being, several bugs can still be found in the newest system.

Conclusion:

In terms of stability, Windows 8.1 has been proved to be pretty solid. More than Windows 10 at least.

Security:

Windows 8 was the first operating system that came with an incorporated antimalware protection, which prevented the PCs from being infected with the most harmful types of viruses. In the case of Windows 10, it also comes with an antivirus, but Microsoft is working with PC manufacturers to prevent the users to disable it, which can be an inconvenience for users who want to dual-boot OSes. Aside from that, the new operating system comes with face and iris recognition as an authentication option which is pretty convenient.

Conclusion:

Windows 10 comes with extra features and can be considered as “more secure”.

Mobility:

Windows 8.1 is considered a good OS for tablets, but the downside is that it doesn’t have as many high quality apps as wanted in the Store. On the other hand, Windows 10 wants to bring users universal apps, which can be downloaded on a tablet, PC and phones. We don’t know if it will be done in the future, but even without them, Windows 10 is considered better.

Why? First of all, because of Continuum, an adaptor of Windows 10’s interface for using it on hybrid devices. For example, if you disconnect the keyboard, the OS automatically enters the tablet mode, and vice versa: if you connect the keyboard, it goes back to normal mode.

Second of all, it has a Battery Saver mode, diffusing the light on the screen and eliminating some notifications which can use up the battery.

Conclusion:

Windows 10 is the winner, by far.

Overall Conclusion:

Windows 10 is better than Windows 8.1 even though it’s not perfect. It shows potential and it’s also a way for Microsoft to demonstrate that they can do what other thought farfetched: an OS that can work with computers, tablets, and laptops.

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