Windows 8 has taken the world by storm! In the recently conducted MWC (mobile world congress) 2012 Microsoft released its much awaited WINDOWS 8 operating system. This new operating system by Microsoft is different in many ways from the already successful WINDOWS 7. It runs best on tablet devices because of its inclusion of touchscreen technology. Windows is completely redesigned, and with it, interoperability between mobile devices and desktops is closer to reality.
Though the WINDOWS 8 is not yet available as a whole, its consumer preview is available for download from the Microsoft website. Also read Trick to Install Windows 8 Using Usb Flash Drive
With WINDOWS 8 comes a complete change in the way we operate our computers! 10 of the best new features offered by Windows 8 are enlisted here:-
1) METRO STYLE: Windows 8 features an extensively redesigned “Metro-style” user interface, optimized for touchscreens as well as mice and keyboards. A new “Start screen”, similar to the one in Windows phone 7 includes live application tiles. The start screen replaces the Start menu, being triggered by the Start button or Windows key, and is also the first screen shown on start up. The user can go to the regular desktop, which is treated as a Metro app with its own “Desktop” tile on the Start screen. Starting a traditional desktop-based application also switches to the desktop. The Start screen also displays the user’s name and picture.
3) INTERNET EXPLORER 10: IE 10 is fast, fluid, and tons of fun in Metro. It is designed to offer faster browsing through greater hardware acceleration, along with rapid gesture-based zoom, pan, and Web site navigation.
4) CHARMS: In large part, ‘charms’ is a new implementation of the traditional Windows start bar. Charms can also be used to quickly configure settings for individual apps. On an ordinary non-touch PC, charms are accessed by dragging the mouse to the bottom-left corner of the screen, to the same spot as the old Windows start button.
On a tablet, swipe from the right side of the screen to bring up charms.
5) MULTI TASKING: Multitasking in WINDOWS 8 is called “snap multitasking”. “Snap multitasking” is designed to make it easy to run two apps in Windows 8 side-by-side, to resize them, and to switch between them. On the right-hand side of the screen, you can snap an app into place.You can make an app smaller or larger by dragging the bar for the app. To switch between apps in Windows 8, you swipe from the left-hand part of the screen.
6) WINDOWS STORE: Microsoft has confirmed the introduction of a Windows Store on Windows 8, similar to the Ubuntu Software Center and Mac App Store, that allows developers to publish their Metro-style applications on Windows 8 devices. The Windows Store will also allow developers to publish their Win32 or “traditional desktop” applications, however, the store will only provide links to the application on their website.
7) SUPPORT FOR X86 PCs AND TABLETS: Windows 8 is the first edition of Windows to operate on both ARM-based tablets and traditional x86 PCs based on ARM processors from Intel and AMD.Support for ARM-based chipsets, touch, and sensors makes Windows 8 work beautifully on your choice of a full spectrum of devices, such as 10-inch slates with all-day battery life, ultra-lightweight laptops, and powerful all-in-ones with 27-inch high-definition screens.
8 ) WINDOWS TO GO: Windows to go is an upcoming Windows 8 feature that will allow users to create a bootable USB Flash drive (usually called a Live USB) with Windows 8 in it, including the user’s programs, settings, and files. In addition to that, the system will freeze if the USB drive is removed, and will continue to operate if the USB drive is inserted in the next 60 seconds after removal.
9) TASK MANAGER: The task manager has been remade, redone and rethought altogether. It is now displayed as a heatmap, making it easy to identify resource-gobbling applications or processes. There’s also an incredibly useful App History Tab, which exposes the apps that have been downloading the most data over your wireless network – which could potentially be a huge cash saver if you’re paying for data by the MB on a 3G connection.
10) CLOUD SYNCHRONISATION: The extensive cloud based functions in Windows 8 will allow you to backup your files and folders into the cloud. Thus you can access these from the internet being in any corner of the world. Also you have option to access these files and folders stored in the cloud through your Windows phone 7, which means, you can carry your world with you wherever you go. Your computer account can also be linked to your Windows Live account opening many new possibilities like the Android and iOS do. Also, Windows 8 can be put on a stick with a feature called “portable workspaces”.
So start downloading Windows 8 consumer preview and experience a whole new world!
You’ll surely not regret the change.