Should you move to windows 8 or stick to windows 7?

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:


Performance


  • 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.


Usability


  • 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.


Device Support


  • 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.

References: lifehacker.com, www.pcmag.com, wikipedia.org

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