Windows is one of the most used Operating Systems so it brings great challenges for Microsoft to keep its users impressed in the next version of Windows.
However, Windows 7 has done extremely well since its release, Microsoft has worked hard to make and release the next version of Windows even better. The obvious idea is to further improve upon the existing features. Windows 8 will have new impressive features along with a stunning User Interface, new App Store and new and improved security.
Last week, Microsoft released the early version of Windows 8 on a prototype tablet. The Developer Preview is out for download and is now in pre-beta version. The developer version shows off the current stage of the OS. It is available for free 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 To Go
One of the new features in Windows 8 is called “Windows To Go”. This seems to be an exciting feature because it allows Windows 8 to boot from a USB device. This will include a user’s programs, settings and files. The feature is designed to work with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.
The new feature in Windows 8 will enable 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 compatible 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.
Windows 8 User Interface
The Windows User Interface has improved greatly and become much more interactive. It’s also been redesigned and given a metro style design to it. It shows the most important information to you, it’s very simple and it gives you full control over it.
Windows 8 & Cloud Computing
Windows 8 will also be tied to Microsoft’s SkyDrive, which will allow users to get access to their digitally stored data via Windows 8 on their computers, laptops, and mobile devices. Windows is using Rackspace as their cloud computing provider.
Another new feature in Windows 8 is the Windows Store. They have done this to compete with Apple and their Mac App Store. The Windows store will allow users to browse through Windows applications, while developers can publish their apps on Windows 8 devices.
A few days back, Microsoft gave a quick demo on how its App store will work. Microsoft revealed that the Windows App Store would be the only place where users can use the apps. Here’s a quick demo that shows how users will be able to buy their apps:
Here are the smallest system requirements needed 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 Release Date
According to rumors, we can expect Windows 8 to be launched sometime during the mid to late summer 2012. However, it’s still too early to predict the Windows 8 release date, since it is still under development.
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