I spend a lot of time switching between different operating systems. It is simply the nature of what I do. So the first time I created a multi-boot system with Windows 8 I was surprised to see the new Boot Configuration Device (or BCD) Menu (The ‘Choose an operating system’ menu that comes up). I was curious as to why they had made the change? Firstly the old one worked just fine, and secondly the new one, with the GUI requirements, seemed to use resources unnecessarily.
I got my answer last week at Microsoft TechEd in Orlando, and it makes perfect sense.
Although previous versions of the operating system have had Tablet Editions, or were modified/optimized to be touch-capable, Windows 8 is the first Microsoft operating system that is specifically designed to be touch-driven. Because of that, even the BCD menu was designed to be optimized for touch. If I were to select an older operating system from the list, it would work just fine. However for the touchy-feely crowd, everyone will agree that this is easier.
I love it when there is a simple, reasonable, and logical answer to my questions!
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