Friday, 31 August 2012

Windows 8 With Its Amazing Features


Windows, being one of the most used OS, brings great challenges 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 an impressive user interface.
Windows 8 is built based on Metro design language and introduces a new form of "Windows 8-style software", which may only be obtained through Windows Store. Microsoft released the early version of Windows 8 on a prototype tablet. The developer version shows off the current stage of the OS. It is available for free download, and comes in three different packages:
  • 64-bit version – Only the OS
  • 32-bit version – Only the OS
  • 64-bit version with developer tools
Windows 8 is available in four major editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows RT. The first three have almost the same hardware requirements as that of Windows 7. The latter, however, runs on tablet computers with ARM architecture and has different hardware requirements.


Windows 8 User Interface
Speaking about the User Interface, Windows 8 certainly has got an amazing and interactive interface, which shows the most important information to you, represents 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.

Control Panel


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)


Some of the Features removed in Windows 8

Shell

  • The Start button has been removed, although it is still accessible as a hotspot in the lower left corner of the screen.
  • The Start menu has been removed in favor of a full screen interface called the Start screen.
    • Start screen lacks the "Recent Documents" menu.
  • The Aero Glass theme which has been featured in Windows Vista and Windows 7 has been removed from Windows 8 in favor of a Metro-style theme.

File Explorer

  • The command bar is no longer present, as it has been replaced by a new Ribbon User Interface.

Media features

  • Windows Media Center will no longer be included by default in any version of Windows 8, but will be available as an add-on.
  • Windows Media Player will no longer provide DVD playback functionality, although DVDs will still be playable in Windows Media Center if it is purchased separately.
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