After much anticipation and excitement, Windows 8 is finally here. With its clean looks and metro styling, it is certainly here to stay for a long time.
Windows 8 introduces significant changes to the operating system's platform, primarily focused towards improving its experience on mobile devices such as tablets to rival other mobile operating systems (such as Android and iOS), taking advantage of new and emerging technologies (such as USB 3.0, UEFI firmware, near field communications, cloud computing, and the low-power ARM architecture), new security features (such as malware filtering, built-in antivirus software, and support for secure boot, a controversial UEFI feature which requires operating systems to be digitally signed to prevent malware from infecting the boot process), along with other changes and performance improvements.
Windows 8 also introduces a new shell and user interface based off Microsoft's "Metro" design language, featuring a new Start screen with a grid of dynamically updating tiles to represent applications, a new app platform with an emphasis on touchscreen input, the new Windows Store to obtain and purchase applications for the system, and the ability to synchronize programs and settings between multiple devices.
The all new Start-Screen
One of the great features of Windows 8 is the Start screen. The Start screen is designed for touch interaction and uses dynamic tiles instead of static computer icons to represent applications. Such tiles may update the user of the status of software. For example, the tile for the Messages app can show recent messages the user has received. The Start screen is accessed by either clicking the lower left corner of the screen (where the start button would have been by default in earlier versions of Windows), or by pressing the Start button on the Charm bar. In addition, the Windows key on the keyboard or on the mobile devices also invokes the Start screen.
Windows 8 ships with Internet Explorer 10, which can run as either a desktop program (where it operates similarly to Internet Explorer 9), or as an app with a new full-screen interface optimized for use on touchscreens. Internet Explorer 10 also contains an integrated version of Flash Player, which will be available in full on the desktop, and in a limited form within the "Metro" app.
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Watch the video below to take a sneek peek of Windows 8 :)
PriceFor a limited time, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99
Standalone version of Windows 8 Pro costs $69.99. You can buy from newly opened Microsoft Store.