Windows 8 and features

Windows 8 and features

The time has come to say Good Bye to Windows 7. During the first week of August Microsoft released the newest version of Windows Operating System, which is Windows 8 to PC Manufactures. After two weeks, mid of August most of the developers and IT professionals have downloaded this pre-final build. Microsoft is officially confirmed the releasing date of Windows 8 as October 25th 2012. 


The Microsoft has targeted both PCs and Tablets at the same time with this new version of Windows. It is fast and easy to use as a smartphone and fulfilled with a lot of new features. In this new version of Windows, all the resources to applications and system are allocated efficiently to increase the load and boot up speed of the operating system. Compared to Windows 7 and previous versions, Windows 8 is extremely fast.


Windows 8 is the first edition and it supports both ARM-based devices and x86 PC based systems. A specified version of Windows 8 called Windows RT, runs on ARM-based hardware. Regular versions of Windows 8 can't be installed on ARM-based devices.


 Windows 8 desktop


What do you see at first glance? You will definitely searching for the Start button. The “Start” button was a sign of Windows Operating System from the date Microsoft have started building Windows, but it is no longer available with Windows 8. Instead of having all the programs in Start Button, you get a Tiles-based Interface. Yes, it is looks like a Tablet or Smartphone. Windows 8 supports full-screen HTML 5 applications on the desktop and the ability to switch between apps with a single swipe to the left or right.


In Windows 8, while personalizing your desktop with the organization of the applications, you will be able to display the real-time information such as weather, social media update, emails, etc. Like in most of the smartphones and tablets you get a Store (Windows Store) which you can use to purchase, download and install apps (free and/or paid). 


What else you get with Windows 8?


In most of the phones we know that there is a reset button to restore the OS to its factory settings. Same as mobile phones, Microsoft has added this feature in Windows 8. Also you get another feature to refresh your computer without affecting your personal files. Simply you can become your own computer technician and can repair your operating system instantly. 


Including Windows 7, all other versions supports upto USB 2.0; but Windows 8 natively supports super-fast USB 3.0. If you are a Designer and if you need to use two or more monitors at the same time, Windows 8 has given some great features. You can expand your taskbar and wallpaper over few monitors or you can have your start page on the main monitor and the desktop on others. 


If you are login to your Microsoft account, your preferences are automatically loaded from the cloud including personalization, app settings, passwords, language, etc.  


If you have Windows 7 in your computer, you can install Windows 8 easily without adding extra RAM, Hard Disks. This is also one of the good advantages for PC users. 


Windows 8 Minimum System Requirements

32 bit 

Processor: 1GHz or faster 


Hard Disk Space: 16GB


64 bit 

Processor: 1GHz or faster 


Hard Disk Space: 20GB 



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