Tuesday, 11 December 2012

8 Top Most Features of the New Windows 8

Windows 8 is the current release of the Windows operating system, produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. Development of Windows 8 started before the release of its predecessor in 2009. Its existence was first announced at CES 2011, and followed by the release of three pre-release versions from September 2011 to May 2012. The operating system was released to manufacturing on 1 August 2012, and was released for general availability on 26 October 2012.

 1:  Shell And User Interface
Windows 8 features an extensively redesigned user interface incorporating a design language codenamed "Metro", optimized for touchscreens as well as mice and keyboards[citation needed]. A new "Start screen", similar to the one in Windows Phone, includes live application tiles. The start screen replaces the Start menu, being triggered by the Windows key, clicking a hot corner in bottom left (replacing the Start button), and is also the first screen shown on startup. The user can go to the regular desktop via a tile on the Start screen, or by launching a desktop application.
The interface also incorporates a new menu bar on the right side of the screen known as the "Charms bar", which can be accessed from any app or the desktop by sliding from the right edge of a touchscreen or compatible trackpad, pointing in one of the right corners of the screen, or pressing ⊞ Win+C. The Charms bar includes functionality for search, sharing, accessing the Start screen, managing devices, and settings; all of which can be directly integrated with apps.
New apps for Windows 8 run in a full-screen layout by default. On displays with a widescreen resolution, apps can be snapped to the side of the screen, allowing multi-tasking to an extent

   2.   Faster Boot Time

Window 8 features a drastically improved and laudable boot time through an all-new booting technique that involves preserving a part of the last session to initialize the next startup faster. It’s been a long time coming Microsoft, but this gesture is greatly appreciated. Besides, if you want to change the perception of customers regarding your product’s performance, you have to start somewhere – like starting up the system. See the graphic below to understand how it works:

  3: File Explorer
Windows Explorer, which has been renamed File Explorer, now incorporates a ribbon toolbar, designed to bring forward the most commonly used commands for easy access. The "Up" button (which advances the user back a level in the folder hierarchy) that was removed from Explorer after Windows XP has also been restored.Additionally, File Explorer features a redesigned preview pane that takes advantage of widescreen layouts.File Explorer also provides a built-in function for mounting ISO, IMG, and VHD files as virtual drives.
Progress windows for file operations have also been redesigned; offering the ability to show multiple operations at once, a graph for tracking transfer speeds, and the ability to pause and resume a file transfer.A new interface has also been introduced for managing file name collisions in a file operation, allowing users to easily control which conflicting files are copied

4. Spiffy Windows Explorer

On Windows 8, expect to see an “upgraded” Windows Explorer patterned after the Ribbon interface first introduced in Microsoft Office 2007. Instead of toolbars and menus, you’ll find Ribbon panes like Home, Share, View, and Manage. If you’re exploring a special folder designated for a certain file type like the “Music” library for instance, you’ll get additional Ribbon panes for common tasks like playing a file, playing all files, and adding files to a playlist. In addition, Windows Explorer in Windows 8 now offers native mounting of ISO files and marks the return go-up-one-folder button featured in XP back in the day.
Windows 8 Explorer

5. New Task Manager

Windows 8 streamlines yet another essential feature: the Task Manager. The new Task Manager is optimized for completing common tasks such as killing apps and processes through a functional interface in which both basic and power users would surely benefit. For the basic users, gone are the tabs, the menu bar, and the statistics that provide unneeded information; only the running (or unresponsive) applications remain. The advanced users, meanwhile, can access more vital on-goings within their system by clicking the “More details” button on Task Manager, which reveals a familiar tabbed view (albeit the regrouped information) of all your processes.

6. Built-In Antivirus

For the first time in Windows OS history, Microsoft throws in antivirus software to Windows 8’s Windows Defender so you won’t need to get third-party antivirus software from the likes of McAfee or Norton, thus saving you a lot of money. Early evaluations reveal, however, that the antivirus function isn’t as efficient as those from trusted antivirus suites whose detection rates go as high as 99.9 per cent, so it’s still advisable to use third-party options. Say, give Microsoft’s antivirus feature to mature in a year or so.

7. Native USB 3.0 Support

Windows 8 incorporates native support for USB 3.0, meaning they will work with any generic USB 3.0 controllers without having to install device drivers that are manufacturer-supplied. This shouldn’t be surprising as many new computers have integrated USB 3.0 support into their chipsets due to the revised connectivity standard’s faster data transfer speeds and seamlessly reliable performance.

8. Cleaner OS Refresh and Restore

People are so accustomed to “resetting” OS installations over time, and Microsoft perfectly understands this need. Thus, the introduction of Windows 8 Refresh, a feature which lets restores your Windows 8 installation to an earlier, cleaner state without having to reinsert your installation media. If reselling your machines or devices after a while is your thing (perhaps for to upgrade or to satiate your wallet), then this feature would make you all giddy.
Do you know any other fresh features of Windows 8, don’t forget to share it with us in form of comments below

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