Windows 8 New Features
There is no doubt that the Metro UI will be the killer reason for early adopters to buy Windows 8. I see lots of cheap tablet sales to people who can't wait to get their thumbs on the apps in the new user interface.
In my opinion, the other new features illustrate how concepts that Microsoft introduced in Vista, and improved in Windows 7, have been perfected in Windows 8.
Windows 8 New Features Topics
The first thing you notice after Windows 8 initializes is a new tiled Start screen, which replaces the Windows 7 desktop. As you swipe the screen from right to left, a special overlay appears, which is rich in customizable Apps.
The new Windows 8 UI is not so much "Touch-centric", but "Touch-first."
While this new display feature is ideal for horizontal screens such as tablets, the tiles do work well on bigger screens because they respond to a mouse click almost as easily as a finger. Incidentally, the Metro UI also goes by the nickname MoSh (modern shell). See more on Windows 8 Metro-style UI »
Microsoft Windows 8 Requirements
1GHz Processor, 2MB RAM, 20GB disk space, DirectX 9 graphics card. You can get away with 1MB of RAM on 32-bit systems. Incidentally, Windows 8 will be the last desktop operating system to come in both 32 (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions.
The only problem with Windows 8 requirements is that you really need a touch screen to benefit from the Apps in the New UI.
Windows Explorer Ribbon
Microsoft introduced the ribbon in Office 2007; at first many of us did not 'get it'. But now I think the ribbon has come of age and I am comfortable with the Windows 8 version because the menus are better designed and more intuitive.
'Steadily improving and no longer a shock for we users.' Mr Sinofsky.
The new Windows Explorer focuses on three tabs at the top: Home, Share, and View. (See screen shot). Further down, on the left side is the File menu to cater for common operations such as 'Copy'. Incidentally, I find 'Copy as path' handy for pasting a file path into another Explorer window. See more on the Windows 8 Explorer ribbon »
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Windows 8 New Features
Windows 8 and IE 10
Note 1: 'Internet Explorer Immersive' is an alternative to Aero Graphics for tablets, phones and some laptops.
Windows devices connect faster and work better on Windows 8 than on previous operating systems.
Cloud Screen Integration
It will also be easier to store data on Microsoft's own Skydrive, and to integrate with Office 365, Office Web Apps, Windows Live and Azure.
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Naturally there is plenty of hype from Microsoft, but so far I am not picking up the usual gripes and Microsoft bashing, at least developers and power users seem happy with Windows 8.
"Windows 8 is a true reimagining of Windows from the chip to the
Windows 8: The Trend for a Better Laptop-->
Windows 7 blocked processes that tried to wake-up laptops automatically when they're not plugged in. Windows 8 takes this a stage further with a new 'intelligent alarm' that wake them up for remote desktop or virus scans, but only if they're plugged in.
Windows 8 will also be designed for mobile devices that use System on a Chip (SoC).