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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

8 Things You Need to Know About Windows 8

Microsoft windows dominated the desktop market for 10 years from the time they launched Windows 95. Steve's iOS brought down the market in the year 2007 and Windows Vista was a great failure of the entire Windows' operating system. So serious efforts were made for windows 7 but they were not lucky enough. Now it is the Windows 8 which has already made a lot of buzz in the town. The tablet centric multitouch interface is the main topic of discussion among all. Here are a few things listed which all Windows fans and desktop users should know about the latest operating system. 

1. Windows 8 Runs On ARM Chips: 

Windows running on ARM chips has finally authorized by the Steven Sinofsky, the president of Windows division, Microsoft. But there are complications when it comes to up gradation of the Windows 7 operating system to Windows 8. As Windows 8 is the only OS which can run on the devices powered by ARM based architectures. This will allow the OS to work on both desktop and tablets. 

2. Windows 8 Has a New Interface: 

Windows' every launch of new operating system version comes up with a several design changes
and new features all the time. 

This time it is the metro interface that's going to take all the credits as this is said to be the one of the riskiest decision by Microsoft. This allows the user to switch back and forth between the two allowing for maximum productivity sans multiple devices. The new OS features live tiles, which will allow the users to have the updated information about their apps. It will present both full and partial screen views of apps. Snap, a special feature that will be found in the side bar of the screen and the file manager has been extremely smoothed. 

3. Windows 8 Has a Tablet-Centric Multitouch Interface: 

Use of touch screen has become fundamental among the mobile and tablet users. Bringing a finger in contact to the screen of smartphones, tablets, monitors, and other devices has made the Microsoft to introduce the multitouch interface in their operating system. Microsoft have done demonstrations on the touch navigation in their OS which swipes the live tiles and apps displayed on the screen and multitouch split keyboard for the thumb typist (tablet users). 

4. Windows 8 Has Xbox Live Support: 

Microsoft plans to amalgamate its PC gaming and console gaming experience optimistically by bringing Xbox live on the desktop, But Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, the director of programming for Xbox, wrote in a blog post that "Bringing Xbox Live to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy." 

5. Windows 8 integrates Cloud Features: 

Windows 8 features will be incorporated with Microsoft's cloud based services. SkyDrive account will be provided for every Windows 8 user. Accessing files stored on SkyDrive will be similar to the accessing done in the local machines. The OS will allow the user to connect to the other system if it also uses SkyDrive. This will permit the user to transfer files from the one system to another even when the firewall of the system is turned on. 

6. Windows 8 provides App Store: 

Windows 8 has introduced an app store feature which is similar to the Mac OS X's desktop. The one difference will be Windows will allow the users to experience the taste of software by offering the trial versions. Microsoft will recommend the authorized applications like games, productivity and photography. Non metro style desktop apps will also be available in the Windows apps store. 

7. Windows 8 has improved Security: 

Windows whenever introduce their new version of OS, flaunt about the improved security systems they bring in. The OS provides high security which can be checked while the booting is performed. Only the trusted applications and softwares are laden, Windows defender is an additional matter which to the antivirus for full protection. An application reputation protection provided by the OS will prevent the user from installing the dubious apps. 

8. Boots in lesser than 10 Secs: 

The boot and shut down in Windows has been made faster. It takes hardly ten seconds as the new operating system hibernates just the minimum elements. When the PC in switched on, these elements recommence and lessens the boot time. Moreover Windows 8 utilize all the essential processor during boot cycle. 

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