There are essentially two versions of Windows 8 available on the market in 32-bit and 64-bit. Microsoft Windows 8 is available from most of retail stores. Microsoft’s operating systems are always better than others operating systems and that’s why Microsoft’s operating systems (Windows) always lead the market and have huge market share.
You are must be familiar with the Microsoft’s Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 as you use one of them or more on a daily basis.
You don’t need to buy a new laptop or PC to use Windows 8. Windows XP, Vista and 7 can be upgraded to Windows 8. Windows 8 will works well on your existing laptop or pc if they are capable to run at least windows XP.
Microsoft Windows 8 Review
New features in Windows 8 include a faster start up through UEFI integration and the new “Hybrid Boot” mode, and a new lock screen with a clock, notifications and other tiles. Windows 8 support USB 3.0 devices, which allow for faster data transfers or sharing and improved power management. The windows 8 also support near field communication to facilitate sharing, communication and transfer of data between devices.
Modern User-Interface (UI):
Windows 8 Start Screen:
When you turn on your laptop, pc or tablet you will this screen which contains all the necessary stuff which a user needs. Here is a totally new screen that previous windows don’t have and that’s why, Microsoft is now calling the Modern UI. I think this is a best home screen and is better than other windows or other operating systems. It’s at this point i know the new users will find difficult to use it and will lost, but this is happen with new interface or new technologies. But it takes only a few minutes from you and you will understand where things are and how to use it and how it actually works. Microsoft have well designed the start screen of this windows as you can see Similarly, you can see the latest news, headlines, emails and share prices and much more without a single click. You can change things as want. To do this you have to click (or tap) on a tile and drag it to your desired position. It’s very easy to do things here and to get thing more organised. Here you can shrunk or enlarged a tile, making it easier to find thing you want or use. Whenever you install a new app a new tile will appear on a start screen.
See the lock screen on a tablet:
Windows 8: Charms bar:
This is a brand new feature in windows 8.
This is something the Microsoft calls “charms”. It appears when you move screen by pointing the cursor from the top or bottom-left to the top or bottom-right corner of the screen. Those with a tablet can swipe the finger swipe your finger to the right-hand edge of the screen.
Here you have a search, share, start, devices and settings buttons this feature allow users to share things on social media or to other devices. Click on the button to see how it works and what type of things they do.
his is the new feature in windows 8, where hidden menus will appear when you touch or click on settings button. You can see that this new feature includes Network, Volume, Brightness, Notifications, Power and Keyboard. Now its become easy to access all of these in a single touch (or click).
Some Keyboard shortcuts:
Windows+C: Open the Charms bar
Windows+H: Share charm
Windows+I: Settings charm
Windows key+Q: Search.
100,000 apps are available on windows store. Where you can download your favorite apps and use in windows 8 supported machines e.g Tablet, mobile,laptops pcs.
(Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 8)
Processor: 1 GHz
Hard disk: 16 GB
Memory (RAM): 1 GB
Graphics Card: DirectX 9 graphics device
Display screen: 1024×768 pixels
Input device: Keyboard and mouse
(Hardware requirements for Windows tablets)
Storage: 10 GB free space, after the out-of-box experience completes
Screen: Touch screen supporting a minimum of 5-point digitizers and resolution of at least 1366×768.
Camera: Minimum 720p
USB 2.0: At least one controller and exposed port.
Connect: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy)
Graphics Card: DirectX 10 graphics device with WDDM 1.2 or higher driver
Accelerometer: 3 axes with data rates at or above 50 Hz
Standard buttons: Power, Rotation lock, Windows Key, Volume-up, Volume-down