What will Windows 8 Do?

There has been much talk about the new Windows 8.  I like many of us was curious on what the new features would be on this new version of Windows. It seems like there has been some user friendly changes and new ideas to make Windows 8 a competitor to the ipads out there, along with significant improvement to existing functions. The proof will be in the usage to see if the improvements make it live up to its preset expectations. Here are some of the functions I have found highlighted around the internet:

  • On a business level Windows 8 is designed to maintain corporate security and manageability as more workers bring in their own consumer-style gadgets.

 

  • The Start menu has been revamped and serves as both a launchpad and a dashboard. You can see at-a-glance activity for many different kinds of data via Live Tiles, and a way to quickly access common apps.

 

  • The “charms” menu is revealed when you hover to the right side of the screen. This is the Metro version of a context menu, with the options listed behaving a little differently depending on what Metro app is in the foreground.

 

  • To Instant Search start typing in the Start menu and you’ll be taken instantly to a search page. (It appears as if Windows Media Center is no longer included with Windows 8; it’s being made available as an add-on you’ll pay for, due to the licensing fees involved with the product.)

 

  • The Metro-interface edition of Internet Explorer 10 now runs Flash–a natively installed version, akin to the way Flash has been integrated with Google Chrome. The new Do Not Track policy, by the way, is also enabled by default in IE 10.

 

  • A Windows 8 feature called “Windows To Go” allows users to store their personalized image of Windows 8 on a USB drive, and then boot it from an older PC running Windows 7. It will allow users to run instances of previous versions of the operating system within a Win8 desktop, and how it also can easily boot on older systems running Windows 7.Not only can Windows 8 run Win7 virtually, it can split the display screen so that the same app running in Win8 and Win7 can be shown side by side, to make comparison easier.

 

  • Metro style apps are the focal point of the user experience on Windows 8 Release Preview, and great Metro style apps share an important set of traits that provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience.

 

Looking forward to seeing the changes in store and how they will work for its faithful users.

Resources utilized for this post include:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh464920.aspx

http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/windows8/240001885

Tim Grier
Computer Magician
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