Today, 26 October 2012, Microsoft launches Windows 8 with its new company logo that is claim to be better than its predecesor.
Windows 8 is mainly targeted on the devises on the go like Tablet, Laptops, home theater PCs, desktops.
Windows 8 already contains more than 300 features.
One of the features is support for both x86 PCs and ARM tablets. Windows 8 is the first edition of Windows to operate on both ARM-based tablets and traditional x86 PCs based on ARM processors from Intel and AMD.
The second feature is touch-centric, Tiles-based User Interface (UI). The Windows 8 Start Menu is customizable through a mosaic of tiles, which differ from traditional desktop icons by letting you view live information from Windows 8 Metro style apps without actually accessing the apps. Microsoft showed how the tile for a Windows 8 weather app is able to display the current temperature in a city – along with projected temperatures for the next two days – without requiring you to open up the app.
Charms is the folowing feature that offers five sets of options, supporting both app-specific settings and system settings such as volume and brightness. The options include Start, Search, Share, Devices, and Settings. The Start option returns the user to the home screen. The Devices option presents a list of connected devices. Under the Share option, users can see social network sharing apps.
The forth feature is Snap Multi-tasking which is designed to make it easy to run two apps in Windows 8 side-by-side, to resize them, and to switch between them. On the right-hand side of the screen, you can snap an app into place.
Regarding Windows 8 Control Panel, their new options include Personalize, Users, Wireless, Notifications, General, Privacy, Search, and Share. As Metro style apps become available, you’ll be able to use the Personalize menu to customize the Start menu with tiles for calendar, music, e-mail, Netflix, and much more.
Web Navigation by Touch built into Windows 8 is designed to offer faster browsing through greater hardware acceleration, along with rapid gesture-based zoom, pan, and Web site navigation.
Two Touch Keyboards feature of Windows 8 contains two soft keyboards: an “enhanced” traditional keyboard, plus a new thumbs keyboard for non-touch typists.In efforts by Microsoft to make typing on a virtual keyboard faster and more accurate, the revised edition of the conventional keyboard suggests words on the screen as you type. You can then tap to selected a suggested word. Microsoft also provides a spellcheck-like feature designed to automatically correct mistyped words – althoughlike any other spellchecker, this feature carries the potential to cause its own errors.The keyboards are also aimed at automatically adjusting to whaever human language you choose for Windows. These language settings will automatically apply to the entire computer, instead of only to specific apps.
Enhanced Copy Experience has the ability to perform all current copy operations into a single dialog box, instead of requiring you to perform file copying in separate dialog boxes for each app.The new dialog box for file copying lets you pause, resume, and stop each sopy operation currently under way. It will also warn you if you’re beginning to copy one version of a file on top of another.
Native USB 3.0 Support operate at speeds up to ten times faster than )SB 2.0. To better support these speeds, Microsoft is outfitting Windows 8 with native USB 3.0 drivers. Meanwhile, though, USB 3.0 will purportedly continue to work under Windows 7, through the use of third-party drivers.
Better Support for Multiple Monitors brings increased support for multiple monitors, The Developers Preview of the new Operating System includes first-time capabilities for extending the taskbar across two PCs, without any need for third-party apps. You can also stretch wallpaper across two monitors, or display the Start screen on one PC and the desktop on the other, for instance.Tags: launch, microsoft, windows 8