Here is a post about the brand new Microsoft Windows 8 OS features, download link and System requirements info.
Microsoft is getting ready to unveil their newest operating system to the world, Windows 8. After the release of Windows 7 in the year 2009, Microsoft has taken a good 3 years to come up with this new operating system.
The operating system’s preview version was officially released on May 31st 2012 by Microsoft and the Windows 8 release date is estimated to be sometime during October this year (2012). Windows 7 was a huge success among PC fans all over the world and you can bet that the new Windows 8 would be much better and advanced than the previous operating systems.
Here’s a look at some of the new features of the new operating system.
Windows 8 Features –
A lot of features have been changed in this operating system and the user interface or the desktop appearance is something that has undergone a major change. As we have seen in all the previous versions of Windows, there is a ‘Start’ button in the taskbar for you to access all your programs or installed applications. However, with this operating system you might not find a dedicated Start button but rather a Start screen.
All the apps that are installed on your PC would be directly displayed on your desktop. This gives you easy access to all your favorite apps and also gives a neat look to your desktop. You can also arrange the desktop icons and widgets as per your wish. Some apps show you real time information on your desktop screen directly; real time info like your Facebook or Twitter notifications, E Mails, Weather report etc. will be displayed directly on the screen even if the app is not opened.
Check out this Windows 8 Video by Lifehacker
Windows 8 operating system is touch screen compatible as well. Windows Touch was available in Windows 7 too and this feature has been enhanced on Windows 8. The operating system supports multi touch feature and you can easily navigate through your folders, zoom into pictures, manage multiple open applications etc.
If you a PC or a laptop that is a touch screen compatible, you will find the Windows Touch feature to be an added advantage.
Download Windows 8 Preview: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download/
System Boot Time
Windows 8 is by far the fastest in terms of booting up, when compared to the older Windows operating systems. It is estimated that the boot time taken for windows 8 is much lesser than windows 7.
Windows To Go
This new and unique feature of Windows 8 is probably one of the best features of the new operating system. This feature gives you the capability to carry your operating system, complete with all your desktop settings and applications in a pen drive. This feature is just as good as carrying your computer along with you no matter where you go, in a small device. This feature can also be used as a backup for your computer, in case your computer crashes.
Note: You need to insert the pen drive which has your computer’s data, into another computer that also has Windows 8 installed in it for the feature to work.
Windows 8 System Requirement
Here are the minimum system requirements for Windows 8–
RAM – Minimum 1 GB required for a 32 bit system
Minimum 2 GB required for a 64 bit system
Processor – Minimum 1 GHz or more
Hard disk space required – Minimum 16 GB for a 32 bit system
Minimum 20 GB for a 64 bit system
Also a DirectX 9 graphics device required with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
Have more questions about Windows 8? Then check out this Windows 8 FAQ section to find all your answers!
<source: Windows 8 wiki>