Released for the general availability on October 26, 2012, the Windows 8 was produced by Microsoft Corp. The new operating system is endowed with significant changes in its platform and is a definite improvement for the users utilizing it in tablets and mobiles. The system has taken advantage of the emerging technologies like the UEFI firmware, USB 3.0., Cloud, nearby field communications and low-power ARM architecture. It is equipped with improved shell and user interface based on the “Metro” design language of Microsoft. The start screen is dynamic and represents applications. The operating system can coordinate different programs and settings in different devices.
Enlisted below are some of the features of Windows 8:
The user interface of Windows 8 is redesigned, which incorporates the design language “Metro.” The “Start Screen” is similar to the one on the Windows Phone including the live application tiles. Triggering the Windows key, (replacement of the Start button) start screen will be redirected with Start menu. The user can switch to the regular desktop version by selecting a tile.
This interface also includes a menu bar, “Charms Bar,” that is seamlessly accessible from any application or desktop. This menu bar contains various attributes as the search, accessing the Start screen, enables the management of devices, sharing, etc. The news application runs on default with the full screen layout.
In the present version, the programs can be installed only when the user downloads its specific installer. The Windows 8 ensures that all the programs with the User Interface design language can be distributed in the Windows Store, a concept similar to the Google Play or Apple iTunes Store. Microsoft claims that the software developers can either offer their applications as free installation or sell them.
Repair and Recovery option:
The new Windows 8 is equipped with advanced detection capabilities that enable the operating system to identify issues that prevents any normal functionality. This capability also automatically launches the Advanced Startup Menu to admit the repair and diagnostic functions.
It also comes with a Refresh and Restart button that facilitates re-installation of Windows without the requirement of any installation media. Both of these options reboot the system in the Windows Recovery Environment; while Refresh preserves settings, apps and profiles, the Reset reformats the system and reloads the OS again.
Security of Windows 8:
Each version Microsoft has expanded its support by bundling a security suite in the operating system. Considered as one of the most secure versions, the Windows 8 comes with the following features:
Secure Boot: This is designed to protect the computer from all kinds of exploits, bootlloaders and rootkits. The suite can thwart all kinds of attacks. This makes it harder for the attackers to compromise the security. It is important to remember that to install any non-Windows OS on the Windows 8 hardware, the user will have to disable SecureBoot.
Smart Screen: An Internet Explorer security feature, the Smart Screen was added by Microsoft in Windows 8. Whenever a user downloads a program, it filters to judge whether other people have downloaded the file and if it’s malicious. A warning message is displayed and this saves the user from fake antivirus and other rogue programs.
Enterprise Specific Security Improvements: The Windows 8 comes with some features that address the requirements of the software vendors. Those providing the Software Development Services, Windows 8 furnish options wherein management of the users is much more feasible. The company also added a set of new Group Policies in the Windows Server 2012. This prevents unauthorized access, or locking the computer if it remains unused during the stipulated period.
The first patches of the Windows 8 were launched last week.
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