Evolution of Windows 8 Stay connected at all times. It’s about People, Not files. Rise of mobile PCs over Desktop PCs Content is on the PC and In the Cloud.
Windows 8 UserExperience Fast and Fluid Long battery life Apps: Graceful, powerful and different Live Tiles Apps work together, saves time. Roam your user experience between PCs.
Supported Technologies UEFI Firmware USB 3.0 native support NFC – Near Field Communication Cloud Computing Low Power ARM Architecture
New Features Faster Boot time Metro UI SecureBoot (Using UEFI) New Installation, Repair and Reset Start Screen and Dynamically updated tiles Built-in Antivirus capability Windows Store Family Safety Improved File Explorer (formally Windows Explorer) Improved Task Manager
System Requirements Processor - 1 GHz or faster RAM - 1 GB (32-Bit Installation) - 2 GB (64-Bit Installation) Hard Disk Space - 16 GB (32-Bit Installation) - 20 GB (64-Bit Installation) Graphics Card - Microsoft DirectX 9.0 device with WDDM driver To use touch interface, need a tablet or touch supported monitor. To access Windows Store and download and use app, need an active internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 To use snap feature of the apps, need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
Windows 8 Editions Windows 8 - The basic edition for x86 and x64 architectures. Less features included. Windows 8 Pro - Targeted more towards enthusiasts, IT Professionals, power users. More features included Windows 8 Enterprise - Targeted towards IT Organizations, businesses. Available for Software Assurance customers. Volume Licensing Windows RT - Touch optimized, only available pre-installed on ARM based devices like tablets, slate devices, surface.
Windows 8 vs. Windows RT Upgrades and Boxed Versions Price Upgrading Hardware Support Interface Software and Compatibility Features