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July 12, 2012

Top 20 Windows 8 Features

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Top 20 Windows 8 Features

From Metro Start to reduced hardware requirements, here is a look at the best new features Windows 8 users will love.

1. Metro Start Screen

Metro Start is Windows 8′s new location for launching applications. It includes updating live tiles that you can regroup as you desire, increasing the flexibility of your Windows 8 experience.

windows 8 metro start screen

2. Traditional Desktop

For those who prefer the traditional desktop experience, this still exists in Windows 8, which offers a traditional desktop view akin to that of Windows 7. Applications that run in Windows 7 will also run on Windows 8′s traditional desktop.

Windows 8 Traditional Desktop

3. Metro Apps

Part of the new Metro UI, Metro apps are full screen and easy to install, offering an immersive new way to work with Windows 8.

Windows 8 Metro Apps

4. Windows Store

Integrated into Windows 8, the Windows Store offers Metro apps for download and purchase, and it soon will also offer desktop apps. A tile located on the Metro UI start screen offers one-click access to the Windows Store.

Windows 8 Windows Store

5. Tablet Ready

Unlike previous versions of Windows, which were not built for tablets, Windows 8 has been built from the ground up as both a tablet and desktop operating system, providing a hybrid approach to computing on both PCs and mobile devices.

Windows 8 Tablet Ready

6. Internet Explorer 10 for Metro

Windows 8 ships with two versions of Internet Explorer 10, the classic desktop version and a new full-screen immersive browser that is lightweight and easy to use.

Windows 8 Internet Explorer For Metro

7. Touch Interface

Windows 8′s touch interface allows you to use a variety of touch commands to navigate the operating system.

Windows 8 Touch Interface

8. SkyDrive Connectivity

SkyDrive is not a new feature, but its tight integration into Windows 8 is. In Windows 8, the data you store in the cloud is easily accessible on all your Windows 8 devices, and the files you store in the cloud are easily viewable on your tablet, smartphone, or other Windows 8 device. SkyDrive soon will support large file sizes, meaning you will be able to transfer files that are up to 2GB in size.

Windows 8 Skydrive Connectivity

9. Charms Bar

The Charms bar is a replacement for the Start button, offering quick access to search, sharing features, devices, and settings.

Windows 8 Charm Bar

10. Search Bar

Search is by no means a new feature for Windows, but the search bar in Windows 8 is a powerful improvement on previous generations.

Windows 8 Search Bar

11. Windows 8 Snap-To Feature

Windows snap-to feature allows you to multitask Metro apps, so you won’t be stuck with just one Metro app at a time. With the snap-to feature, you can snap together multiple Metro apps onto the screen, or you can snap Metro apps to your classic desktop applications, giving you the best of both UIs.

Windows 8 Snap To Feature

12. Recover your PC

A new feature in the control panel, called Recovery, allows you to refresh or reset your PC. These are two new options offered in addition to the existing system restore and other recovery options available in previous versions of Windows.

Windows 8 Recover Your PC

13. Simplified Settings

The Control Panel still exists in Windows, but now it is accompanied by a new PC settings section available through the Metro UI. The PC settings section offers access to the several of the same commands but in a simplified format so you don’t have to dig deep into Control Panel to find popular options.

Windows 8 Simplified Settings

14. Storage Spaces

A new feature called Storage Spaces allows you to pool hard drives and access data across them as though they were one large hard drive. All these drives will show up on your Windows system as one single drive letter pooling these devices together.

Windows 8 Storage Spaces

15. File History

File History offers a new, easier way to back up and restore files.

Windows 8 File History

16. Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar

The unified menu system in Windows 8 now includes the ribbon and the quick access toolbar that were introduced in Office 2007. These are now standard features of the Windows operating system.

Windows 8 Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar

17. Windows Reader

Windows Reader is a native PDF reader included in Windows, freeing you from requiring an additional application to read or mark up PDF files.

Windows 8 Windows Reader

18. Metro Video App

Microsoft has enhanced its video capabilities in Windows 8 with Video, a simple-to-use Metro video app. Both Windows Media Player and Media Center are still part of Windows 8, but Windows Metro Video gives a lightweight alternative for video viewing.

Windows 8 Simple Video Application

19. Integrated Social Networking

Microsoft has made considerable effort to integrate social networking throughout Window. Applications like Socialite and Tweet@rama allow you to post directly to Facebook or Twitter, and you’ll find these among the tiles in the Metro UI.

Windows 8 Integrated Social Networks

20. Reduced Hardware Requirements

Perhaps one of the most important features for many users is actually having the ability to run the operating system. Machines that run Windows 7 and Windows Vista already meet the hardware requirements for Windows,  and many systems running Windows XP will also be eligible to run the latest OS.

Windows 8 Reduced Hardware Requirements




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