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 8“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.

Windows Store

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 Features
Windows 8 Start Screen – The Start screen is yet another impressive UI. The screen basically groups all your applications together, which you can easily drag and drop, or add new things.

Windows 8 Start Screen
Control Panel

Windows 8 Release Date
Playing Videos in Windows 8

Windows 8
Windows 8 Task Manager


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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511 Responses to “Windows 8 Features And Release Date”

  1. evomedia says:

     My main issue with win8 is the lack of flash support in the IE version on the metro interface, completely stupid to allow it in the desktop IE version but not the metro IE, that’s just insane, I have to load a page, then reload the same page in another version of the browser, as I can’t know before you arrive at a page if it will use flash or not, so having to swap just makes using the Metro IE a waste of time. So many sites still have flash, many still as html5 is not supported on old browsers and html5 just doesn’t allow the same functionality yet. I can’t see every site suddenly becoming full HTML5 compliant anytime soon
     
    No idea what the thinking was to stop people having flash support on the first browser you reach, its not about battery life like with a tablet, even apple desktops allow flash in the main browser, so a completely idiotic UI experience… its my computer and if I want flash support in my browser let me decide, I’m a grown up and can make my own mind on what I want to access and when. Companies deciding for me if I should have flash or not is really beginning to annoy me… honestly who thought up having 2 versions of the IE browser with the primary access lacking all the functionality must have been a complete idiot. MS may as well say to people don’t bother using IE, just install chrome if you want the full web experience with our new metro UI. Or just download some free where and switch off metro as we haven’t provided you that luxury

  2. palla2009 says:

    The number of features are really worthy for the tablet devices. It’ll definite be a competition to the iOS and Android. I think flash will still be available, instead of bogging it down as Apple did in iPad. The system requirements are also so less, that you can work on the previous hardware you used for Windows 7. But if you want the magnanimous ability of tablet devices, you need to touch it on a touch monitor. I’m baffled whether this will available in India.
     
    There are some hidden features in Windows 8. Here is the link.
    http://www.windows7port.com/675/windows-8-rumors-hidden-features/

  3. ordinarysoft says:

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  4. altermontrealist says:

    I teach computer to old people ; they are more motivated than you would think, but they hate readapting, having things change places, and if they have to readapt, they have to know it’s worth it (especially securitywise).
     
    I will compare will have them compare win8 consumer release and ubuntu 12.04 beta (lts, due out on april 26th) with cinnamon (a desktop environment inspird by the linux mint people that aims to stay classic and classy ; unity, the desktop environment promoted by the ubuntu team, created as much debate on the linux side as metro on win8, but you can choose on login in linux, which I’m not sur will be a choice on win8).
     
    They can understand that a password that protects from system changes is easier than an anti-virus ; will they prefer win8 to mint 13 (out maybe a month after ubuntu because it’s based on it) with the cinnamon desktop environnement?  I do.

    • altermontrealist says:

      If you make the comparason between os and car types (gas, diesel, electric), microsoft would be gaz (the standard promoted by the industry) and linux the electric car.

  5. sassas says:

    lost to apple several years back? no.

  6. Milad says:

    Microsoft never lost to Apple. on what grounds? Amount of users? Stability? Security? Support? 

  7. JoshRobertson says:

    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)!

  8. Josh Jameson says:

    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.

    • DrewSchlosser says:

       @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.

      • Josh Jameson says:

         @DrewSchlosser I guess you were using Mac while reading this article because you took the time to make 9 replies.

  9. protocoder says:

    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.

    • vbscript2 says:

      @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.

    • altermontrealist says:

       @protocoder 
      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.

      • protocoder says:

         @altermontrealist@altermontrealist 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.

        • altermontrealist says:

           @protocoder
          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.

        • DrewSchlosser says:

           @protocoder Mint rulz, Ubuntu Drools.. :D

    • protocoder says:

      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 so that using at ease .. Now why do I need to upgrade, NOTE: I AM NOT INTO GAMING .. the only game I have played is minesweeper and that price 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 I would wait for 2 more years or till the time my laptop retires ( which is truly awesome with complete protected with antivirus, winpatrol, snoopy etc) I wait for your answers and advice..

    • DrewSchlosser says:

       @protocoder Stick with 7 until you upgrade your hardware. Or go with Linux :D

  10. maanuraj says:

    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….!!

    • DrewSchlosser says:

       @maanuraj I agree with you here. Xp is almost 11 years old and support ends this year. Good luck with that!

  11. AndresReyes says:

    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.

    • DrewSchlosser says:

       @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.

  12. Alex Pinda says:

    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..  
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  13. Alex Pinda says:

    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 http://www.myefacebook.com

  14. mdotx says:

    microsoft never lost any battle to apple….you’re certainly no doubt an apple fanboy

  15. mdotx says:

    or may be out of your mind

  16. mdotx says:

    microsoft never lost any battle to apple….you’re certainly no doubt an apple fanboy or may be out of your mind

  17. sotirisbas says:

    a

  18. sotirisbas says:

    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.

    • DrewSchlosser says:

       @sotirisbas Hackint0sh FTW!

    • jasimroxstar says:

       @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…!!!

  19. TiffanyAnn1 says:

    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.

    • vbscript2 says:

       @TiffanyAnn1
       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.

      • DrewSchlosser says:

         @vbscript2 Once again, I will repost this: 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.

  20. FrancisClairZamora says:

    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..

    • vbscript2 says:

      @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.

      • DrewSchlosser says:

         @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.

        • vbscript2 says:

           @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.

    • DrewSchlosser says:

       @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. 

      • trudat says:

        Unless of course you’re a gamer – then Microsoft OS reigns supreme. Developers release no where near the number of gaming titles for Apple.

      • vbscript2 says:

        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.

  21. awesome,..even the tablet releases few days back also operated on windows8 kudos to team

  22. Mr Ovejas says:

    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.

  23. GerrySherman says:

    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.

    • evomedia says:

       @GerrySherman You can run whatever apps you like, the store is only to download apps easily, you ca still run any purchase or downloaded and install app you like, 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 stpre from google or mac, the mac store signs off its apps for sale there, but you can still but programs from adobe and install on your mac. Same principle here, its an app store but is not the only choice on what apps you can install.

    • evomedia says:

       @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.

    • vbscript2 says:

      @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.

  24. amankhan92 says:

    just waitng for this new version of window. May be this new microsoft windows 8 have exciting feature

  25. ipungwulan says:

    Awesome

  26. TrustPayJsc says:

    Can you imagine this? ! I have just received a Windows 8 key with only $50 at Silicomshop.com – world of software. At the moment, Silicomshop.com still has many offers for Windows 8 customer. A long side with buying a cheapest key on the market, you also have the opportunity to receive discount couppon up to 30% to buy many items such as key for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Windows 7 Ultimate and so on

  27. unscared says:

    my dvd drive doesn’t work after installing windows 8

    • DrewSchlosser says:

      @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?

  28. Anon3710 says:

    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.

    • evomedia says:

       @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

  29. AntonioCarlosSilva says:

    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.

    • evomedia says:

      @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 :)

  30. EdwardvonRichthoven says:

    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.

    • DrewSchlosser says:

      @EdwardvonRichthoven If Linux had a configuration utility for Intel graphics I would be Linux only. Being locked into vsync in Games drives me mad.

  31. kindredcone says:

    I think Windows looks great! Not sure what all the hate is about

  32. Thanks for this post! So much more new to enjoy with this Windows 8. I can’t wait to have it on my computer!

  33. JacobMangoMangus says:

    @thebigboxxbox 1.You are wrong

    2.Mac os x is used by alot of music producers around the world

    3.You have no idea what you are talking about

    You have the spelling of a 1st grader

  34. DanielWatkins says:

    @JacobMangoMangus @thebigboxxbox MAC OSX is only for newbs who like paying more for the same thing.

  35. Creeton says:

    @JacobMangoMangus @thebigboxxbox If producing music is the only argument you have, then you have no idea what your talking about. Computers should be able to handle all kinds of projects and work loads. I had IT guy that has to support and fix both tell it to me like this. Macs are like race cars, they look good, have fancy but unpractical features, cost a lot to fix, and stay current for about a year. PC’s are like trucks, not as fancy looking, have many practical and useful features, cheap to fix, and stay current for 5 years. The cost of a mac is more than enough to get a really nice PC ( Top end truck w/ 4WD :) ), also for the cost of a Mac Im sure you could buy a nicer PC and still have the cash to get yourself some nice music composing/recording software. As far as spelling goes, my friend you couldn’t even compose a paragraph, food for thought.

  36. FrancisClairZamora says:

     @JacobMangoMangus you are just a big fan for apple that’s why you said we’re wrong. I don’t care what producers used OS. What we are talking here is the mass users. Producers are just few around the world. Even if they switch windows OS they can produced the same, mass users doesn’t care. but the product is what we care, like MP3′s and so on. like .jpeg process by windows cannot be read by iOS but jpeg process by iOS can be read by windows and linux… so how can you be productive if thing always like that? it delays work because you need to convert.

  37. lankanmon says:

    @DanielWatkins @JacobMangoMangus @thebigboxxbox

    Agree, Windows is an amazing os and with the money you save by not gettign a mac, you can spend on getting an amped up PC build.

  38. keiju says:

    @Creeton @JacobMangoMangus @thebigboxxbox It comes down to personal experience and personal preference. I buy a new mac every 7-10 years. My friends with PC’s seem to buy a new PC ever 2-4 years. I’ve never had virus software on any mac I’ve ever owned. Granted there are high end PC laptops that seem nice, but most of them feel like a hunk of plastic. Of course, no one should be dropping any laptop. Apple’s low end isn’t low end, while a low end PC is definitely low end… feels cheaper, looks cheaper, is cheaper. The windows OS has been quite bloated. I don’t know if 8 will be any different. Hopefully it will be. I use both a PC and a mac and my user experience has always been much better on the mac. Things work much easier and there’s less to install or update. It’s a more unified system. I don’t have decide what brand of computer I want to run OS X. I don’t have to decide what smart phone I want or if it will work with my computer. I don’t have to try and choose a tablet from a sea of them. Apple’s devices and computers work with each other very well. Is it more expensive than a PC? Yes. Though you can build a PC for $3,600 and up if you want something for video work. I like quality. Computers are part of our everyday lives, so I’d rather have one that even at the lowest end, is still up there in quality. I do high end video editing for a living, so my needs are much higher than someone who just wants to surf the web or use MS Office. I’m typing this on my laptop, but right next to my leg is my old apple power mac G5 from 2003. I still use it to edit video, record music, etc. Other than the initial purchase, it’s basically cost me nothing over the years. I did put both a firewire and usb pci card into it. That probably cost $15 each. It can still do EVERYTHING I need… except go with me to meet with clients. I have updated the OS on it, but that isn’t expensive. Remember, these are my experiences and my opinions. It’s what has worked for me. The mac vs. PC feud will always be alive and well. I would be interested to hear about others who have old PC’s and if they’re still using them, how much was the overall cost? I think it would be an interesting comparison.

  39. bozso says:

    @keiju @Creeton @JacobMangoMangus @thebigboxxbox “I don’t have decide what brand of computer I want to run OS X. I don’t have to decide what smart phone I want or if it will work with my computer. I don’t have to try and choose a tablet from a sea of them.”

    Basically you don’t have a choice what brand of computer you want to run OS X on. You don’t have a choice what smart phone you want because only one will work (properly) with your mac. And you don’t have a chance, to choose a tablet from hundreds of kinds, but are stuck with the few models of Ipad.

    Don’t get me wrong apple produces great quality products. I have the chance to use a mac at work, linux at school, and windows at home. My experience?

    Mac is for work, windows is for home, and linux is for school (I study programming).

    Mac is way too expensive for what it’s worth, and always will be, but it’s reliable, and at business that is important, and altough it doesn’t let you do a lot of things, at work that should not be a problem.

    Linux basically lets you do ANYTHING, IF you know how to, which is exactly what programmers, designers, and so on need. And it is completely free, and always will be.

    Windows is for the average home user, and is a great OS (vista exluded :)). It’s not hard to use, and let’s you do most of the things. It’s exactly the OS between the OS X and linux.

    Lot of more things to say, but don’t want the post to get unreadably long.

  40. bozso says:

    @keiju @Creeton @JacobMangoMangus @thebigboxxbox and btw still using IBM Thinkpad T22 (2001) running latest Linux ubuntu OS, booting time is under 2 mins (1 min on clean OS). The working laptop is the proof of quality IBM produced, the fast OS is the proof of how optimized linux is.

    This laptop is 11 years old, and was never in service. All I changed in it is I had the original 256MB RAM replaced for 512MB (8-9 dollars I think, but I just had one lying around).

    And the best part, you won’t believe. It still has it’s original batteries and provides about 1:30 hours of battery life. That should not be that bad from an 11 year old laptop :)

  41. sassas says:

     @keiju “have decide what brand of computer I want to run OS X. I don’t have to decide what smart phone I want or if it will work with my computer. I don’t have to try and choose a tablet from a sea of them.”
    so you never get the chance to choose what you want/dont want? you are forced to keep to one product? i like apple, but the lack of options and the ripoffs of windows keeps me to windows.
    plus, apple has no options to modify, lessening the interest in my perspective.
     

  42. JoshRobertson says:

     @keiju
     Most Windows laptops feel like a hunk of plastic? That’s what keeps the cost down. Do you have any idea how much a replacement case for a Macbook Air costs? Thanks to it’s thin design and stupid metal casing it costs over 100 bucks!

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