It introduces a new touch friendly shell and user interface based on Microsoft's Metro design language, featuring a new Start screen with a grid of dynamically updating tiles that represent applications. The Start screen replaces the Start menu of earlier Windows versions.
There are much more features that we have covered and reviewed further, so have a look over it.
What's new ?
The Desktop and Start screen.
Speed and Security.
Mouse, keyboard and now touch.
Better multiple monitor support.
Windows 8 charms.
Charms is a key arrival for Windows 8 as called by Microsoft. These appear when you mouse to the right hand side of the screen or swipe in from the right on a touchscreen. As well as searching your apps and folders, charms work across different apps. The Settings charm gives you quick access to basics such as volume and brightness controls, as well as putting your PC to sleep or restarting it.
Windows 8 Search and Social.
Apps from the Windows Store.
Your Windows, everywhere.
An entirely new browser - Internet Explorer 10.
Windows 8 Performance.
Windows 8 blasts its predecessors out of the water. It booting takes a matter of seconds and the system is usable just immediately after login. The OS seems less resource hungry than before as its CPU, memory and battery consumption have been reduced. Windows 8 in general is a fast OS compared to Windows 7 on the same hardware. The whole interface is responsive, apps load quickly and, crucially, it's much fast to boot up and shut down.
No Windows XP Mode in Windows 8.
Windows 8 Editions and Pricing.
These are :
1) Windows 8 - Intended for mainstream consumers.
2) Windows 8 Pro - Contains additional features aimed towards power users and professional environments.
3) Windows 8 Enterprise - Contains additional features aimed towards business environments, and is only available through volume licensing.
4) Windows RT - Only be made available as pre-loaded software on new ARM based devices built specifically for the OS.
Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro software would be available at regular price i.e. at $199 ERP. Windows Media Center is not included by default in any edition of Windows 8, but will still be available for purchase as an add-on for Windows 8 Pro, or as part of a Pro Pack upgrade for Windows 8 which also includes the Pro upgrade.
Hardware Requirements for Windows 8.
Pros and Cons of Windows 8.
Pros of Windows 8
These are some good and positive features of Windows 8 :
- On the right hardware, it's sleek, fast and fun.
- Huge security improvements like built-in anti-virus.
- Better battery life.
- Great for touch.
- Boots and Runs faster than previous editions.
- Lightweight desktop application windows (no Aero).
- Simplified configuration.
- Installs a clean system without any junk.
- Refresh feature to restore Windows back to a pristine condition.
- Hyper-V virtual machines.
- Improved Task manager.
- The best features from Windows 7.
- Last but not least, the Internet Explorer 10.
These are some of the features of Windows 8 which you might hate :
- Initially confusing, e.g. no Start button.
- Switching between Metro and desktop modes can be jarring.
- Metro apps have usability issues on PCs.
- Some bizarre configuration locations.
- Fewer customization options.
- You’re forced to start on the Metro screen.
- No XP Mode.
- Start menu gone.
- Can't boot to the desktop.
- Modern UI will annoy some.
- Some older CPUs won't run it.
- Internet Explorer 10 ( yes, it’s also a pro point, but the browser is far from perfect ! ).
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