Windows 8

The latest version of Microsoft Windows is the Windows 8, released on May 31, 2012. Microsoft produced this series of operating system for use on home and business desktops, tablets, laptops and home theater PCs. Windows 8 operating system’s home screen is filled with big, touchable panels like the tiles in Windows Phone 7.

Features:

  • Windows 8 has “Metro-style" user interface
  • A new login / lock screen displays notification of date and time and allows to customize the background
  • Users can set a four-digit PIN and login easily the computer
  • With Picture password, users can set gestures in the selected picture to login.
  • Windows 8 has Internet Explorer 10, which is optimized for touch.
  • Taskbar can be configured to span multiple monitor.
  • Admin can monitor and restrict user activity via web filtering, application restriction, and computer usage time limits
  • New Refresh and Reset recovery functions

Editions

Microsoft announced four main editions of Windows 8:

Windows 8: Windows 8 is the basic edition of Windows for the x86 and x86-64 architectures.

Windows 8 Pro: Windows 8 Pro succeeds Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate and is targeted towards enthusiasts and business users. Also it includes all the features of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Enterprise: Windows 8 Enterprise provides all the features in Windows 8 Pro, with additional features to assist with IT organization

Windows RT: Windows RT will only be available pre-installed on ARM-based devices such as tablet PCs.

System Requirements of Windows 8

Following shows Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 8:

  • Windows 8 works with 1 gigahertz (GHz) or 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • Windows 8 needs 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB RAM for 64 bit
  • Windows 8 requires 16 GB of hard disk space for 32-bit and 20 GB for 64-bit
  • If you need input to your Windows 8 Operating System as touch, then you need to go for a screen which supports multi-touch
  • To run new Metro style Apps, you need to have a resolution more than 1024 X 768

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