Windows 8 Release Date and Review of New Features

by Jawwad in Guides, Software, Windows | 1 comment

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Windows, to the average citizen of the globe, is the synonym for “operating system”. Windows had, since its debut in 1984, established itself as a trend setter in the technological field. Widows Vista that was released towards the closing of 2006 remains to be the only OS that failed to perform laudable, and Windows 7 (which is often dubbed as an upgraded version of Windows Vista) salvaged the brand. Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard had offered stiff competition to Windows 7, and the former has been recorded to have received a better response. However, Windows is not one to sit back and lick wounds inflicted, and Windows 8 has created ripples of excitement among enthusiastic geeks all over the world.

Windows 8 is expected to be pack full of new innovative features that is sure to leave all spell bound. The renowned OS brand has already released an early version of Windows 8 on a prototype tablet, and the Developer Preview can be downloaded by any person. This peak sneak of the OS that is still in developmental stage is available for download in 3 versions: a 64-bit version and a 32-bit version with only the OS, and a 64-bit version that includes developer tools.

Windows 8 Features

Support for x86 PCs and ARM tablets

Windows 8 is the first edition in the series that will function on both ARM based tablets and the more traditional x86, x64 and x32 PCs. A guide that accompanies the Developer Preview states that “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.”

Windows To Go

The feature that will bring about a revolution in the dynamics of how things work is the Windows To Go feature that is a part of their Portable Workstations concept. Windows 8 enables users to boot a computer with a USB in which a copy of Windows is stored.

“Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 that enables enterprise administrators to create USB drives containing complete, managed Windows images that users can use to boot and run Windows on any Windows 7 or Windows 8 capable computer. Windows To Go makes it possible for employees to use a managed device whether they work from home, a client office or in a free seating environment. This session will discuss Windows To Go, its hardware requirements and building compatible and complementary software.”

This means that users can carry their PCs in a 16GB USB drive – 16GB is the space required to store the necessary data required to boot a system – and the possibilities that branch off this concept are wide and varied.

Windows 8 User Interface

Windows 8 tile-based user interface (UI) is yet another alluring feature of this version. The UI reminds one of Apple’s iPads, and it can in fact be called an improved version of the iPad user interface. Neatly categorized tabs help you store, and later browse for, information on your PC. The home page also contains a weather report tab that tells you the climatic condition of the day without even requiring you to open the tab.

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Also smacking of Apple’s technology is Windows 8’s option of organizing various tabs in multiple pages that can be flipped to arrive at the desired destination. Adding its own touch to the deal is the option of simultaneously opening two different pages, and one can even choose the size of both the tabs opened. Also, broadband users will find their lives simplified further with Windows 8 allowing them to upload content on the Internet, be it blogging sites or social networking ones, with minimal effort.

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Also, the concept of security password has been replaced with the option of clicking at selected spots for the PC to open up.

Windows Store

Taking yet another leaf out of Apple’s book so as to compete with the giant, Windows will also launch the Windows Store. The app store brims with options that make managing files and folders easier than ever. Also, the Windows Store will be the only portal through which people can access the Metro-Styled apps.

Windows Defender

As technology evolves, so does the innovativeness of miscreants. Windows Defender is a feature that promises to keep at bay all viruses, trojans, worms and rootkits, without the help of any other anti virus software. Defender is set to defend systems against all types of malware.

Windows 8 Launch & System Requirements

Windows 8 is expected to launch in mid 2012, though there has been no official announcement regarding the same. The following are the minimum Windows 8 system requirements: 1GHz processer, 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM and 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit) HDD space.

Also expected to debut alongside the latest member of the Windows family is Internet Explorer 10.

You can read more about the Windows 8 related news, tips & tricks that we have covered on this website here in the related section.

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  • Jake

    Misspelled Windows Vista “Widows Vista”

    Thought I’d share ;)

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