Windows 8 Features: Tablets, Touch and More

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Windows 8 is the current release of the Windows operating system, produced by Microsoft. It is available for use on home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs.Its development started before the release of its predecessor in 2009. It introduces significant changes to the operating system’s platform, primarily focused towards improving its user experience on mobile devices such as tablets .It has many features like -faster startup through UEFI integration and the new “Hybrid Boot” mode, a new lock screen with a clock and notifications and the ability for enterprise users to create live USB versions of Windows, It also adds native support for USB 3.0 devices, which allow for faster data transfers and improved power management with compatible devices, along with support for near field communication to facilitate sharing and communication between devices.

Windows 8 also introduces a new shell and user interface based on Microsoft’s “Metro” design language. “The [Metro] apps are full-screen. They’re beautiful. They’re designed for touch, but of course, they work great with a mouse and keyboard as well if that’s what you have. We wanted to make it really fast and fluid for you to switch between them,” according to Jensen Harris, lead program manager on the Microsoft Office User Experience.

The Windows 8 Start Menu is customizable through a mosaic of tiles, which differ from traditional desktop icons by letting you view live information from Windows 8 Metro style apps without actually accessing the apps.