Few weeks ago, Steven Sinofsky, Windows Division prexy, treated Build 2011 attendees to a walkthrough of the various tweaks made to Windows 8. The new OS implements the familiar keyboard commands users have become familiar with to over the years. However, we expect more details for the Windows 8, am I right?
Check out the few highlights of what Windows 8 can give:
Security update notifications have been minimized to the lower right of the log-in screen
Refreshed Windows Task Manager suspends apps when they’re not running on-screen
New “Reset and Refresh PC” functions enable simplified system wipe and restore
HyperV virtualization software comes pre-loaded on Windows 8
Multi-monitor support now enables a single background across screens, as well as monitor-specific task bars
Multi-touch support enabled for Internet Explorer 10
Magnifier function enhanced for desktop manipulation
Optional thumb-by-thumb input mode
SkyDrive storage support integrated into all cloud-based apps
Metro-style refresh for Mail, Photos, Calendar and People apps with Windows Live ID
Settings roam allows for preferences to sync across a user’s Windows 8 devices
Continued update support for Windows 8 Developer Preview Beta
Even a Lenovo S10 (first-gen Atom + 1GB of RAM) can “run” Windows 8
There’s “no overlays” with Windows 8; Metro-style goodness is baked into the core
Both Metro-style and conventional Win32 apps will be sold in the Windows Store
Windows 8 devices equipped with an NFC chip will be able to use a tap-to-share feature to either send content from one device to another, or simply receive content from something like an NFC-equipped card.
Logins will use a photo-based system
Apps will be able to natively connect and understand one another (if written as such)
Built-in antivirus software will ship in Windows 8
There will not be a different edition of Windows 8 for tablets, and presumably, not for Media Centers either
It’s unclear how many “editions” (Home, Professional, Ultimate, etc.) of Windows 8 there will be
ARM devices will be supported, but not in the developer preview
You can check this PAGE for more information about Windows 8.
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