|Windows 8 Features And Release Date|
Windows 8 Features & Release Date
Windows, being one of the most used OS, brings great challenges for Microsoft to keep its users impressed in the next version of Windows.
Although Windows 7 has done exceptionally well since its release, Microsoft has been constantly working to make the next version of Windows a better one by further improving upon the existing features, and have added new impressive Windows 8 features along with a stunning UI.
Microsoft released the early version of Windows 8 on a prototype tablet last week. Those of you who would like to taste and experience the all new Windows 8, you can download the Developer Preview, which is currently in pre-beta version. The developer version shows off the current stage of the OS. It is available for free download, and comes in three different packages:
- (1) 64-bit version – Only the OS
- (2) 32-bit version – Only the OS
- (3) 64-bit version with developer tools
Windows 8 Features
Windows 8 offers a number of new Windows 8 features from its all new UI to Windows App Store and improvised security features. Here’s a list of new features and improvements which will arrive with Windows 8:
Support for both x86 PCs and ARM tablets
Windows 8 is the first edition of Windows which will work on both ARM based tablets and traditional x86 (as well as x32 and x64) 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,” Microsoft contends, in a Windows 8 Guide distributed with Windows Developer Preview
Windows To Go
The “Windows To Go” seems to be an exciting feature that basically allows Windows 8 to boot from a USB device (called as Live USB), including user’s programs, settings and files. The feature is designed to work with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, and on both legacy NIOS and UDFI firmware. However, Microsoft says that a user will not be able to “Hibernate” with this feature.
“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.”
Another interesting thing about this feature is that, if the USB drive is removed, Windows will automatically freeze, but will continue to operate if the USB drive is inserted back in the next 60 seconds after removal.
To compete with Apple, Windows has confirmed the introduction of a Windows Store, similar to Mac App Store, which allows users to browse through Windows applications, while developers can publish their Metro-style apps on Windows 8 devices.
Few days back, Microsoft gave a strategic view of its app store, and gave a quick demo on how it works. Microsoft revealed that the Windows App Store will be the only place where users can access the Metro-styled apps. Here’s a quick demo that shows how users will be able to buy their apps:
Windows 8 User Interface
Speaking about the UI, Windows 8 certainly has got a mind blowing interactive UI, which has been extensively redesigned to a “Metro-style” design, which shows the most important information to you, embodies simplicity, and gives you full control over it. The UI is designed to provide a fluid and intuitive interaction and navigation with touch, or a mouse and keyboard.
Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows who stated: “Everything that’s great about Windows 7, is better in Windows 8,” gave a quick hands on look at the Windows 8 user-interface. Here are some of the screenshots she released:
Windows Logon Screen – Unlike the traditional way of entering a password to unlock the screen, Windows 8 can be unlocked by just tapping on the right areas of the screen.
Windows 8 Minimum System Requirements
It is reported that Windows 8 is expected to have the same system requirements as Windows 7, and will run on existing machines that run Windows 7. Here are the following minimum system requirements to run Windows 8:
Processor: 1GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor
RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
HD Space: 16GB for 32-bit (or 20GB for 64-bit)
Windows 8 & Cloud Computing
It has been reported in the official Microsoft blog that Windows 8 will be tied to Microsoft’s SkyDrive, which will allow users to access their digitally stored data via Windows 8 on their computers, laptops, mobile devices… The industry’s leading cloud computing provider, Rackspace explains exactly how cloud computing works.
Windows 8 Bringing Kinect to Laptops?
Microsoft is also planning to build Kinect sensors into laptops. Prototypes have already been released, and were confirmed to be official. The sensors would be placed where the webcam is currently placed, and there could be an IR LED at the bottom of the screen. If Microsoft techs manage to drive the price of sensors down, it might even become a standard feature. There are also talks of miniaturized Kinect hardware for notebooks.
Windows 8 Release Date
We can expect Windows 8 to be launched sometime in mid-late 2012, however, it’s too early to predict the Windows 8 release date, since it is still under development. Nevertheless, the only question that haunts each and every one of us – Will
Windows 8 Microsoft win the battle against Apple which it had lost several years back?
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Thanks for this post! So much more new to enjoy with this Windows 8. I can't wait to have it on my computer!
I'm done with Windows....this kiosk style UI is a joke....I'm going back to Debian Linux.....what a mistake....they've dumbed down the O/S to cater to the 47% ers.
EdwardvonRichthoven If Linux had a configuration utility for Intel graphics I would be Linux only. Being locked into vsync in Games drives me mad.
You can run whatever apps you like, the store is only to download apps easily, you can still purchase or downloaded any app you like and install same as before, everything I've had installed on win 7 so far works perfectly in the win 8 consumer preview. Think you completely missed the meaning of windows store, its like the app store from google or mac, the apple store signs off its apps for sale there, its a shop for developers to sell there wares, but apple wants to ensure they are not virus infected etc and run of the device, but you can still buy programs from any other source that's compatible to your OS like adobe, vlc etc and still install on your mac. Same principle here, its an app store but is not the only choice on what apps you can install. If a developer wants to sell their product through the store they just need that signed by MS here, but your in no way tied to only purchase apps there.
AntonioCarlosSilva Sure you had some reason to just copy and paste my post from below, but can't quiet see why ... you weren't referencing it, using the quote or adding something yourself. Hey ho, just odd behaviour :)
The uncivilized hoard of violent apes are being accepted into the homes and lives of Americans as never before. With each passing year I see the number of advertisements depicting the black man as, “America’s Friend”, grow more and more. I heard once that the true test of a man’s character is what he does when nobody is looking. Before I awakened to the fact that we were already at war the seeds of what was to come had already sprouted. We must stand at the ready wherever our battle calls us.
Anon3710 Well it was all to easy to just flag your racist trolling with the offensive tag, it'll be removed in no time, sure you think its all so easy to hide behind an anonymous ids, even as a troll, spreading such hateful racism just shows yourself as intellectually devoid, hate spreads hate, I hope the police catch up with you one day and lock you away, as a world in which your locked up would be a far happier place I'm sure. Even trolling should draw a line somewhere, I feel sorry for you to even think racist trolling is ok
unscared Have you run Windows Update or checked in the Device Manager to see you need to install drivers? Have you checked with your manufacturer for driver updates or BIOS updates?
just waitng for this new version of window. May be this new microsoft windows 8 have exciting feature
As a radio amateur I have one special concern with Windows 8. If my understanding is correct, only applications from the Microsoft Store will be allowed to run on this OS. So, what happens to specialized ham radio applications? I run programming software from Wouxun to program a KG-UVD1P radio along with the Prolific driver for the USB cable. My ICOM 7200 transceiver also has a USB driver, and operates on various digital modes. Special software. I also use an application that reads the NOAA ionospheric weather forecasts and on the basis of this data displays on a world map the probable propagation across the world's surface. What will happen to applications like these? I am sure there are others for other users. If Microsoft includes these in their store, well and good. If not, W8 is a piece of garbage and should be put in the appropriate and customary place. No operating system should have the right to dictate to its users what legitimate applications they may or may not run. I understand that some of this (the Microsoft Store) is to control malware, and I can agree with Microsoft's objectives here, but the ability to run legitimate apps must come first.
GerrySherman You can run whatever apps you like, the store is only to download apps easily, you can still purchase or downloaded any app you like and install same as before, everything I've had installed on win 7 so far works perfectly in the win 8 consumer preview. Think you completely missed the meaning of windows store, its like the app store from google or mac, the apple store signs off its apps for sale there, its a shop for developers to sell there wares, but apple wants to ensure they are not virus infected etc and run of the device, but you can still buy programs from any other source that's compatible to your OS like adobe, vlc etc and still install on your mac. Same principle here, its an app store but is not the only choice on what apps you can install. If a developer wants to sell their product through the store they just need that signed by MS here, but your in no way tied to only purchase apps there.
@GerrySherman , Yeah, evomedia is right. The MS store will just be one way to get apps for Windows 8, not the only way. MS would never dare break compatibility with the existing suite of Windows software. The shear amount of software available for Windows is one of the largest strengths of the platform. MS would never dare follow the iOS strategy of locking down the system to only run approved apps.
I remember using my Amiga Computer during the 80's to use for titling my videos and the first functions there are all copied by Apple OS and PC Windows copied Apple OS. But what do you know, we all benefit them whatever unit we had actually im using them both.
I bought my Mac hearing that its good for my editing but after a month of learning Final Cut I gave it up and use my premiere cs6 instead its really fuckin hard....its not a friendly software.
awesome,..even the tablet releases few days back also operated on windows8 kudos to team
if you feel your Mac will support you 90-100% on your work, then it fits to you... but for us, Apple never contributed on my work. its just give me a headache, lost many of my valuable time. Specially on Engineering jobs, Apple is far behind on Windows. File sharing/transferring is the worst on apple. it isn't plug-n-play and not its product is not compatible with the other hardware when transferring files. Windows is a wide-scale for it is 85% of the worlds PC used windows/Microsoft based apps. Your Mac is good for your personal used only as what vbscipt2 says, its true. In Philippines/Asia, a MacBook is powered by INTEL processor so that it can be loaded with WINDOWS. Because Mac OS cannot be used here for a day-to-day workload... Its clearly apple is making their products to comply with the widely used OS MS Windows by putting INTEL processor..
@FrancisClairZamora All Apple computers use Intel processors now. Ironically, when they became capable of running Windows, Apple's marketshare rose from about 2% to about 5%. - lol - Just goes to show you how useless their OS is.
vbscript2 FrancisClairZamora This is ridiculous. They have 12% of the market share. Please do your research on these things. Furthermore PC sales have declined over the past three years as Apple sale s have increased. Additionally if you add iPads to the shares as well as Android etc. to the competing manufacturers (Acer, Asus etc.) They have nearly 26-28% of the market since the iPad 3 release. Lets see what happens with this latest Macbook Pro too. Keep in mind that I am not in any way favoring Apple as I use Windows, Apple and Linux daily. I am just pointing out your false remarks.
DrewSchlosser , I would suggest taking your own advice. Unless Mac's marketshare has been multiplied by a factor of 2.5 in the last 6 months (which I'm pretty sure it hasn't,) Mac's marketshare is indeed 5%, not 12%. In Q3 of 2011, Mac reached 5.2% marketshare, which was their highest share in over 15 years. Google it.
FrancisClairZamora Apple products can do everything Microsoft products can. If they are missing a feature, you have Parallels etc. Or Boot Camp. I am a Systems Administrator and find this OS to be more versatile and come with better command line tools than Windows. Furthermore, I have yet to find a program that there is not a Mac version for or an alternative program with the same functionality.
Unless of course you're a gamer - then Microsoft OS reigns supreme. Developers release no where near the number of gaming titles for Apple.
Drew, I, too, have been a sysadmin for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. The Apple stand-alone workstations are fine, but their servers were so terrible that they actually completely discontinued them a couple of years back. They don't even make a real server solution now. OS X does not have the centrallized administration support that Windows has. Not even close. Sure, you can run Windows on the Mac, but if you're going to use Windows anyway, it's a lot cheaper just to buy Windows boxes in the first place. As far as command line tools in Windows, I'll grant that the ones that come with it leave a lot to be desired, but that is mostly remedied by a quick (and, unlike Parallels, free) installation of cygwin.
Ehh, I'll stick w my Mac, and sotirisbas funny that say windows is one step ahead they're running to keep up with apple think again.
LOL - With less than 5% market share, Mac is barely even a noteworthy competitor to Windows. I could see your argument about MS running to keep up with Apple in the mobile business, but not Windows. Windows is and always has been far and away ahead of Mac. It's not just one step ahead, it's so far ahead that they don't really even care about Apple. Mac is ok for a home PC, but it is simply not and never has been ready for widescale deployment in corporate environments. I've managed networks of both before. Apple's server products were so bad that they actually completely discontinued them a couple of years ago. As it turns out, Apple found out that, unlike about 5% of consumers, corporations aren't willing to pay twice as much for the same hardware just because it the box looks pretty nor are they willing to deploy an OS that does not have good centralized management features just because the box looks pretty. Windows is not simply a step ahead of Apple in this area, it's at least a decade and a half ahead of Apple in suitability for widescale deployment in a corporate environment, not to mention being much more cost effective.
Microsoft is always one step ahead of the apple. Apple has just more advertising and with cheap technology and effects tries to gain funs. Also an iMAC which costs 2.500$ you can find better with half the money. From that, we can see that apple don't respects the client.
Windows 7 is the best OS so far and i think WIN8 will open a new dimension and rules.
sotirisbas apple and windows have fight since generations but i do not agree with you that microsoft is one step ahead because mac os x mountain loin is way better than win 8...also the highest resolution screen which is in the new ipad 3 and new mac book pro 15 "inch has the same resolution...made by apple...paying and buying apple product is srsly worth it...!!!
microsoft never lost any battle to apple....you're certainly no doubt an apple fanboy or may be out of your mind
I am still waiting for its release, I wana taste the new windows 8. I think by the time Microsoft releases it the world might become end. Yes you heard right, just half hour before there was a news by NASA that some unknown planet is comming towards the earth and by December it would come and hit the earth with full force.. watch more on www.myefacebook.com
Alex Pinda What ?? Where did NASA published such news. I could not see any more details of that on your efacbook.
I dont know in what way Apple has won to Microsoft, it still the most selled OS its an standard in almost all countries. Besides the fact that you can build your own PC under your conditions and for the same price of a Mac you can build a way better PC that will outrun in performance in every possible way, yeah OS wont give you more RAM or will make your processor to procese more data than it can. In a company I used to work I brought my PC to show them that my PC can render faster than their Mac G5, giving them more produuction capabilities. Try render 3D max + Vray on a Mac of 1200 $ then try it on a 800 $ PC lol it will outrun it. You can have twice Ram a much more powerfull processor and an awesome videocard that will allowyou to load more complex 3D desings and run the software smoother and faster.
Now lol they compare a Power Mac of full extras 2 Procesors and 32 GB RAM 20K $. OK PC turn a Boxx with 4 Processors and 128 GB of RAM holy shit!!! I think Im cumming. Now use ur brain what computer will have more processing capabilities?
The only decent product is the Macbook pro, but still I think overpriced but is great quality.
AndresReyes Dude, this is because the G5 was not utilizing the 64 bit architecture and is the whole reason Apple switched to Intel. IBM over-promised and under-delivered. Now I have a Hackint0sh that runs Mountain Lion Beta and it smokes the Windows 7/Windows 8 side. OpenGL With Sync to Vblank off I get about 200-400 more fps on an entry level 6400 series ATI Video Card.
there are several things that xp cannot do ......!!
as compared to windows 7 , xp does not contains the new Ui... like aero or metro...!!
this also effects the way to use windows.....!!
windows 7 simplicity and its speed cannot be compared with xp....!!
and when it comes to 8 .. microsoft is letting the windows updated day by day so that they can make there windows userfrendly and makes the windows simple to use.....!!
its simplicity , smarter innovations , new ui , new products and the way to use the windows is letting the people to buy a new os with smarted capabilities ...... and ya i think that there is no such person who do not wants to be up to date...!!
at last i think that u should buy your new os to start using your pc better....!!
maanuraj I agree with you here. Xp is almost 11 years old and support ends this year. Good luck with that!
Ok I believe people were forced to buy windows 7 after that evil Windows Vista.. May I ask you I am on 10 year old Dell D505 with XP updated to latest updates. Please can you justify why I should buy new OS. What is it windows 7/8 do that xp cannot .. I am not going to pay my hard earned money without hearing some good reasons. I look forward to see the replies.
@protocoder While there are plenty of things that Windows Vista/7/8 can do that XP can't, you probably wouldn't be able to do most of it on a 10-year-old box anyway. The only thing you'd really gain by putting Win7 (or 8) on there instead of xp is security, but I think you'd have serious performance issues unless it is a very high-end box for its age.
that 10 year old computer is still useful ; only planified obsolescence is justifying you buy a new one if you just wanna surf the web with it. BTW, the netbooks and tablets generally have as much power as your dell d505.
Put linux on it (I recommend linux mint) with the cinnamon GUI ; you'll be surprised that this computer can still do the job. You'll be even more surprised that it stays fast because there are almost no malware for linux.
altermontrealistaltermontrealist and @vbscript2 Thank you.
What I use this laptop for .. Browsing obviously, I have ming compiler to do some programming, read/write documents, I upload pictures and watch dvd, cd and you tube stuff, I use photoshop, xnview etc to manage pictures, chat, social networking recently caught with it etc .. I have a partition with Ubuntu installed. Yeah something like that. programming stuff with eclipse, visual studio etc installed .. I clean all my stuff once in a while. Now why do I need to upgrade.
NOTE: I AM NOT INTO GAMING .. the only game I have played is minesweeper and that prince of arabia 15 years back.
I have latest flash, java, xp sp all upto date and yeah I use webcam and yes I have only 2 usb ports but on a very rare case of more usbs, I have usb hub .. . Still looking for justification
1. Metro, Retro or Aero icons will not convince me unless there is some thing which is really missing.
My thinking is to wait for 2 more years or till the time my laptop retires ( which is truly awesome with complete protection with antivirus, winpatrol, snoopy etc) I wait for your answers and advice..
Actually looking for that ultrabook with touch screen rather than that low powered tablets.
My dream machine is to have higher than the latest CPU, RAM slim and thin devices like Ultrabook combined with features of Ereader switch mode with touch screen with highest resolution for multimedia ... Thoughts and advices please ....
@altermontrealist Please tell me more about linux mint vs Ubuntu please.
linux mint is considered the no hassle, xp style UI, distribution of linux. They want to make the "classic" UI more efficient and easier, and have done a pretty good job over the years ; they are developping the cinnamon UI (check out videos of it), already available on many distros. If you come from XP, it's the easiest one.
They also have the "use the open source sollution if available, but offer the closed one if unavailable" approach. It also comes with software you already know and use in windows, some installed from the start (VLC, skype, thunderbird, audacity, gimp instead of photoshop, eclipse). Except an antivirus ; your system is password-protected, and if you get your software from the software manager (all for free), you are pretty well protected out of the box.
I'm tired of listening to Mac users bragging it up. Maybe if you had a better OS, then you would realize you can do more than just complain about how much windows sucks.
And for those idiots who think Mac doesn't have a single virus and that you don't need an anti-virus software... You're a moron.
Stop hating Microsoft. Get on the train or we'll leave you behind.
Josh Jameson Stop being silly. All operating systems have their benefits and detriments. I use them all. Someone somewhere is always innovating some new feature etc which others want to emulate. Lets stop fighting, name-calling and finger-pointing and start working together.
DrewSchlosser I guess you were using Mac while reading this article because you took the time to make 9 replies.
Yes, Windows 8, blady blady blah... ooh, wait, you mention a tablet version? Seems a lot better than that XP crap. I'm defintetly in. I still don't get why they put mobile OSes onto tablets, it should be full desktops like Mac OSX and Linux but with PROPER touch-screen support. Now MS is having a go into the tablet market, I cannot wait to see what happens (I cannot wait to buy one either)!