Sunday, 19 February 2012

Windows 8 – Reasons why you need Windows 8

Windows 8 – Reasons why you need Windows 8

Microsoft is making biggest upgrades to its Operating system following Windows 7. Windows, being one of the most used OS, brings great challenges for Microsoft to keep its users impressed in the next version of Windows – Windows 8. Microsoft is constantly working to make the Windows 8 a better one by further improving upon the existing features also added new impressive features along with a stunning UI.
Windows 8
Following are some of the impressive features –

·         The biggest upgrade is Start menu will replace with a Start Screen. Start Screen will have tiles that contain shortcuts to Applications, similar to the Metro interface seen on its Windows Phone 7 OS.
·         It will have new Metro style interface that was designed for touchscreen input in addition to keyboard, mouse and a pen input.
·         A Ribbon interface to Windows Explorer. Ribbon interface that was first seen in Office 2007.
·         Microsoft will launch a store for Metro-style Apps that will support for Windows 8.
·         Windows 8 has added support for the ARM microprocessors in addition to the previously supported x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD. The same Operating System will be available on desktops, laptops and slates.
Windows 8 - Start Screen
Though Microsoft has not announced specific release date for Windows 8 but Microsoft already released the early version of Windows 8 on prototype tablet early this month.

Reason why you need Windows 8 –

1)   Windows To Go (Live USB) – Carry entire OS with you in USB device.
i)             Allow to create a 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.
ii)           An exciting feature that allows Windows 8 to boot from a USB device (called Live USB) including the user’s programs, settings and files.
iii)          The feature is designed to support both USB2.0 and USB3.0.
iv)          User will not able to “Hibernate”, but if the USB is removed Windows will automatically freeze and if inserted the USB device back in 60 seconds, will continue to operate automatically.

Windows 8 - Picture Password
2)   Picture Password – Having a strong password is important, especially on portable devices. It can be cumbersome to type the long and complex on touchscreens like tablets.
i)             A new authentication method that allows user sketch in 3 different places over the picture to login.
ii)           User will first need to select an image on which to perform a gesture. The gesture could be tapping on something in the picture, encircling something or drawing a line between two points.

3)   Refresh and Reset – Two integrated recovery functions that make a complete restore easier that re-installing the OS.
i)             Refresh keeps all your setting and files intact and only reverses (recovers) all changes to Windows files to their original state.
ii)           Reset – As its name suggest, resets your OS to its initial Installation state without any additionally user interfaces such as license agreements or selecting hard disk. It deletes all your personal data and software’s. Leaves a fresh Windows 8 computer.

4)   Improved Automatic Updates – No frequent automatic update warnings
i)             New feature that sets you free from harassed frequent warnings saying your system has been updated and needs to be restarted.
ii)           Windows update consolidates all the restarts in the month into one single restart.
iii)          Doesn’t matter when the updates are released, since these restart will wait till the month’s security release.
iv)          Windows updates will download, install and restart automatically in case a critical updates.

5)   Protection from Malware – Secure boot option
i)             New built-in mechanism called Secure Boot, which ensures the system being booted has not been tampered by malware.
ii)           Another anti-malware feature “SmartScreen” that checks URLs entered in the Internet Browser against a malware links Database.

Windows 8 - Improved file copying window 
6)   Improved File Management System
i)             Windows 8 consolidates multiple file operations into a single window showing all transfers.
ii)           Individual operations can be paused and resumed or cancelled.
iii)          The basic copy operation window will have new detailed view that offers a lot more, including the current speed, and a graph of how that speed changed over a time.
iv)          If copying from one folder to another Windows detects multiple conflicting files with detailed list of files in both the folders and the differences between them, along with the option to skip the files that are exactly the same on both sides.
v)           Windows 8 makes it possible to access ISO files without burning them on the Disc.

7)   Improved Logging in – Logging in with Windows Live ID.
i)             User accounts may be linked with a Windows Live ID, allowing the user’s profile to be synchronized over the internet and accessible from other computers running the operating system.
ii)           The system will provide integration with the SkyDrive service, which provides 25GB of online storage to Windows Live users.

8)   Hybrid Boot
i)             New “Hybrid Boot” feature that uses “Advanced Hibernation Functionality” on shutdown to allow faster startup times.

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  1. Amazing... The were so many Windows 8 discussing going on number of sites, The info provided above is really were impressive. We always expect something amazing from Microsoft, and they delivery it always. The best part id Live USB, I personally feel.

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