Introduction Windows 8 is an operating system produced byMicrosoft for use on personal computers, includinghome and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and hometheater PCs. Windows 8 introduces significant changes to theoperating systems graphical user interface andplatform. such as a new interface design incorporating a newdesign language used by other Microsoft products.
windows8 Windows 8 introducessignificant changes to theoperating systems graphicaluser interface and platform. such as a new interface designincorporating a new designlanguage used by otherMicrosoft products.
Hardware Requirements3 2bit 64 bitPROCESSOR 1 GHZ X-86 1 GHZ X-8664 processorRAM 1 GB 2 GBGRAPHICS CARD DIRECT -X 9 GRAPHICS WITH WDDM 1.0HDD 16 GB FREE 20 GB FREE SPACEA multi-touch screen is also required to take advantage of touchinput. For Metro applications, a screen resolution of1024x768 or higher is required.
Features Windows Live ID IntegrationWith Windows 8 you could now move to clouds.With this new feature you can integrate your localaccount with Windows Live ID account andsynchronize your data online. Undoubtedly it’s one ofthe remarkable features as it ensures that whether yoursystem crashes or you lose your device, all your datawill be safe and secure.
Picture/pattern passwordSecure passwords are hardto memorize.You can perform gestures ona picture of your choice to login or otherwise a pattern. The only problem I see isthat gestures are easy to spotby someone at your back.
Faster Hybrid BootThis feature will combine the shutdown and hibernateprocess of earlier version of Windows thus booting Windowsin 8 to 10 seconds on supported machines.
Internet Explorer 10Windows 8 is having a new kind of browsing application in itspackage called Internet explorer 10.
Plug-in Free Browsing Not only does IE 10significantly change theUI, it also changes the wayyou will be browsing. IE10 is favoring HTML 5over the traditional plug-inarchitecture and willactually run by defaultwith no plug-in.
Windows 8 is a new kind of device combining laptop, desktopand tablet operating system together.You can have 10-inch touch-only tablets, big screen in yourliving room or massive gaming systems and business desktops.http://www.cybervally.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/shut-down-windows-8.jpgMetro style User Interface
Simpler Task ManagerWindows 8 will come witha revolutionary new TaskManager. The Task Managerwill have two kind ofviews, simple and advanced.In simple view you will beable to see list of runningapplications and an end taskbutton to simply kill arunning task.
All New Windows Explorer The first thing you willnotice when you launchyour Windows explorer isthe ribbon interface. The new ribbon menu willbring all your frequentlyused file operationcommands right in front ofyou and thus next time.
You can put two apps on screen side by side or accesstraditional Windows desktop for richer apps.
Better File OperationsWhat you’ll also notice isthe new pause feature.Finally, you can pause a copyoperation in the middle of itFirstly, when you copystuff around, especially whenyou perform multiple copyoperations, all of the info isconsolidated into one dialog.No more doing 10 copies andhaving 10 different windowspop up.
If you click More Details, youcan see the speed of the datatransfer the trend and the amountof data left in the transfer. Windows 8 will feature enhancedreal-time information on how long itwill take to copy a file unlike thecrappy clocks of previous versionsof Windows.Users will be able to seeoperational graphs, transfer speedsas well.
Refresh/Reset Your PC Two cool new features of Windows 8 are the refreshand reset options. Reset will remove all your personal data, apps, andsettings and reinstall Windows. Refresh will keep all data, apps and settings andreinstall Windows.
Built-in AntivirusMoreover, Windows 8 has an antivirus presentinside the kernel of the operating system.This means that your system won’t boot if acorrupt USB device is plugged in.It sounds impressive though I don’t know whetherit would pass the test of time…. and virusesI genuinely believe that Microsoft is finally readyto launch an OS which will take the world by storm!
Along with the new UI interface, there have been manyimprovements in Windows 8 for scaling to differentscreen resolutions, screen sizes and pixel densities. Even though this may seem minor, you will be able touse Windows 8 on everything from a small Windowsphone to a giant 30 inch screen with a 2560 1600resolutionScaling for Different Screen Sizes
Windows Store and Apps The Metro interface looks and feels like a Smartphoneor tablet OS, and following that theme is the inclusionof the Windows Store in Windows 8. This online shop front is stuffed full of Windows apps -each designed to run on x86 Windows PCs, laptops andtablets, as well as ARM tablets and smart phones. Windows 8 apps follow the same design principle asMetro - being constructed of cascading live tiles ofinformation, in primary colors.
Security, Cloud, Task manager There are a couple of other relatively minor, butsignificant changes in Windows 8 that may make itworth an upgrade for Windows 7 users. Windows 8 has a cloud focus to it which might be atempting feature. Microsoft stores all your settings and customizations inthe cloud so whenever you log on to a Windows 8machine you will have it looking and working yourway.
Speed Thats about it in terms of significant featurechanges, but Microsoft would have us believe thatWindows 8 is much faster than Windows 7 - it certainlyworks on the same hardware, which removes onebarrier to upgrade.
Introduction to Windows AppDevelopment• Before you start...• Choose C# and Visual Basic• Part 1: Create a "Hello, world" app• Step 1: Create a new project in Visual Studio• Step 2: Start the app• Step 3: Modify your start page• Step 4: Create an event handler• Part 5: Style the start page
Step 1: Create a new project inVisual Studio• Launch Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8.• The Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 start screenappears.• (Going forward, well refer to Visual Studio Express 2012for Windows 8 as just "Visual Studio".)• Select File>New Project.• The New Project dialog appears. The left pane of the dialoglets you select the type of templates to display.• In the left pane, expand Installed > Templates, then expandVisual Basic or Visual C# and pick the Windows Storetemplate type. The dialogs center pane displays a list ofproject templates for Windows Store apps.
•In the Name text box, enter "HelloWorld".Click OK to create the project
Although the Blank App is a minimaltemplate, it still contains a lot of files:A manifest file (package.appxmanifest) thatdescribes your app (itsname, description, tile, start page, and so on)and lists the files that your app contains.A set of large and small logo images (logo.pngand smalllogo.png)to display in the start screen.XAML and code files for the app (App.xamland App.xaml.cs/.vb) .A start page (MainPage.xaml) and anaccompanying code file (MainPage.xaml.cs/.vb)that run when your app starts.
Step 2: Start the app• At this point, you created a very simple app.• The splash screen disappears, and then yourapp appears. It contains a black screen and thetitle "My Application".
• <Application• x:Class="HelloWorld.App"• xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"• xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"• xmlns:local="using:HelloWorld"• RequestedTheme="Light">•• <Application.Resources>• <ResourceDictionary>• <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>• <!--• Styles that define common aspects of the platform look and feel• Required by Visual Studio project and item templates• -->•App.xaml
Conclusion These ten features only touch the surface of what isavailable to developers for building applications thattarget the new Windows 8 Metro platform. Microsofthas created a platform that allows you to developusing the language and design tool of yourchoice, implements complex interfaces in a simpleway, and creates unprecedented interoperabilitybetween different applications