Windows 8 is an operating system produced
Microsoft for use on personal computers,
home and business desktops, laptops, tablets,
home theater PCs.
Windows 8 introduces significant changes to
operating system's graphical user interface
platform; such as a new interface design
Development of this operating system
started before the release of its predecessor
Its existence was first announced in January
2011 at Consumer Electronics Show.
During its development and test
phases, Microsoft released three pre-release
Developer Preview (September 13, 2011)
Consumer Preview (February 29, 2012)
Release Preview (May 31, 2012)
On August 1, 2012, Windows 8 graduated
from the development stage and was
released to manufacturing.
Windows 8 is scheduled for general
availability on October 26, 2012
Windows 8 works great on the same
hardware that powers Windows 7:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9
graphics device with WDDM driver
Additional requirements to use certain
To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor
that supports multitouch.
To access the Windows Store and to
download and run apps, you need an active
Internet connection and a screen resolution
of at least 1024 x 768.
To snap apps, you need a screen resolution
of at least 1366 x 768.
Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
So what does that mean?
Windows 8 is for home users
Windows 8 Professional is for
Windows 8 Enterprise is for SA users
Windows 8 RT is for ARM devices
The touch factor
Allow users to use Windows with the touch
interface as well as with mouse and
Allow users to do two things at one by
clicking the tiles along the side.
Work really fast and fluid to get between
your running app.
Windows Explorer Ribbon
Allow users to optimize Explorer for file
Create logical and reliable locations in a
Bring back the most relevant and requested
features from the Windows XP era.
New File Copy Confirmation Dialog
It is designed to make life easier.
Show individual progress bars when you have
multiple copy operations occurring
Allow to pause a copy operation, if you want to
give preference to another operation.
Native USB support
Still supporting USB 1.0 and USB 2.0
In the meantime, USB 3.0 will offer 10 times
faster than USB 2.0 and much better power
An app store for Windows
In the Windows Store, you can search for or
browse thousands of apps, all grouped in
easy to find categories.
All of the apps you’ll see in the Store for
Windows 8 Release Preview are free.
You’ll always know what’s interesting, new,
Traditional Start Button & Start Menu
Windows Aero, Transparent Glass, & Flip 3D
No Windows 8 Desktop Gadgets
Command Bar get replaced by new Ribbon
DVD Playback & Windows Media Center
Previous Versions & Windows Backup and
Parental Control is now family safety on
Windows Update Desktop Notifications