I am sure by now you would have read lot many articles about what’s new in Windows 8. But an comprehensive articles would be rare. So here i present an quite comprehensive overview of whats new in Windows 8.
I have categorized the new additions to Windows as follows:
- Significant Performance Increase.
- Windows 8 defaults to a “hybrid boot” mode – This saves the kernel to hard disk for faster booting.
- WDDM 1.2 and DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) 1.2
- Previously offered only in Windows Server, Hyper-V, a native hypervisor is now included in Windows 8 Pro, replacing Windows Virtual PC, a hosted hypervisor.
- The Lock Screen – The start screen have notifications, that gives vital information without the need of login in.
- The Start Screen – All new start menu replacement designed using language codenamed “Metro”.
- Full Screen Apps – gives imersive app exprience.
- Always on top sidebar dedicated for full screen apps.
- File Explorer, now incorporates a ribbon toolbar, designed to bring forward the most commonly used commands for easy access.
- Built-in function for mounting ISO, IMG, and VHD files as virtual drives.)
- Copying files – with pause support, better file replace dialogs.
- Charms bar (Win + C) – Gives you Search, Personalisations, Setting and whole lot of options to stay in control of your system.
All new feature
- The Windows Store – To buy apps for you Windows
- Task Manager – A whole new task manager with completely new User Interface, shows hell lot of info in a highly simple manner.
- Windows Defender
- Refresh and Reset options – New features of repairing Windows.
- Secure Boot – Loads only signed applications to protect booting from unwanted threats.
- Picture passwords – New way of unlocking Windows without typing anything.
- AppContainer – A Security Sandbox making Apps to run in a secure environment also allowing apps to interact with each other.
- Internet Explorer 10 also contains an integrated version of Flash Player, which will be available in full on the desktop, and in a limited form within the “Metro” app.
- File History – Allows saving and reverting to different versions of a file.
- Native USB 3.0
- Windows To Go – For the first time Microsoft allows you to install the Windows on external media like USB pendrive, External Hard disk, etc.
- Support for Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Microsoft account integration (Sync All Your Data to the Cloud)
- Multi-monitor support – Dedicated Taskbar and Wallpapers for each monitor
- ARM architecture is now supported by Windows 8
If these features facinates you, go for Windows 8 for sure.