• Windows 8 is the current release of the Windows operating system, produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. Development of Windows 8 started before the release of its predecessor in 2009. Its existence was first announced at CES 2011, and followed by the release of three pre- release versions from September 2011 to May 2012. The operating system was released to manufacturing on August 1, 2012, and was released for general availability on October 26, 2012.
Windows 8 Windows RT Windows 8 ProGreat built-in apps like Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, andSkyDrive, with many more available from the Windows Store.Includes Internet Explorer 10 for fast, intuitive browsing.Keeps you up to date and more secure with Windows Defender,Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.Runs programs you used with previous versions of Windows.Provides enhanced data protection using BitLocker technologyto help keep your information secure.Comes with Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview preinstalledso you can do more out of the box.Enables you to connect to your PC when youre on the go withRemote Desktop Connection.Connects to your corporate or school network with Domain join.
The Start screen is the successorof the Start menu. This feature ispresent in Windows Phone,Windows 8, and Windows Server2012. The Start screen isdesigned for touch interactionand uses dynamic tiles instead ofstatic computer icons to representapplications. Such tiles mayupdate the user of the status ofsoftware. For example, the tile forthe Messages app can showrecent messages the user hasreceived.
Additional security features in Windows 8 include two new authentication methods tailored towards touchscreens (PINs and picture passwords), the addition of antivirus capabilities to Windows Defender (bringing it in parity with Microsofts Security Essentials software) SmartScreen filtering integrated into the desktop, and support for the "Secure Boot" functionality on UEFI systems to protect against malware infecting the boot process. Parental controls are offered through the integrated Family Safety software, which allows parents to monitor and control their childrens activities on a device with activity reports and safety controls. Windows 8 also provides integrated system recovery through the new "Refresh" and "Reset" functions. Windows 8s first security patches would be released on 13 November 2012, it would contain three critical (most severe as per Microsoft) fixes.
The Windows Store is a digitaldistribution platform in MicrosoftsWindows 8 and Windows RToperating system. The platform canbe used to provide listings fordesktop applications certified to runon Windows 8, but is also theprimary distribution platform for anew type of app called "WindowsStore apps".
Special exceptions are given to web browsers classified as being "New experience enabled" (formerly "Metro-style enabled"), which can provide a special version to run within the "Metro" shell. Unlike other apps, they can be coded using Win32 code instead of Win RT (allowing the reuse of code from their desktop versions), permanently run in the background, use multiple background processes, and are distributed with desktop web browsers rather than through the Windows Store. Despite these looser restrictions, they can still take advantage of features typically reserved for Windows Store apps, such as the use of contracts to link to other apps. However, only the users default web browser can be used in this setting. The developers of both Chrome and Firefox both committed to developing versions of their browsers to run in the app environment; while Chromes app simply back ports the existing desktop interface, Firefoxs (which is currently available in development versions) uses a touch-optimized interface inspired by the mobile version of Firefox.
On February 19, 2012, Microsoft confirmedthat in Windows 8 the Windows logo will besignificantly updated to reflect the newMetro design language. The logo wasdesigned by Pentagram partner Paula Scher.The formerly flag-shaped logo has beentransformed into four window panes,perspective was added, and the entire logowill be rendered in a single solid color,which will depend on the userspersonalization changes.
Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) is a version ofthe Internet Explorer web browserreleased by Microsoft in 2012, and is thedefault browser in Windows 8.On 12 April 2011, Microsoft released thefirst "IE10 Platform Preview", whichruns only on Windows 7 and later. Whilethe second platform preview was alsoavailable for Windows 7 and later,subsequent platform previews run onlyon Windows 8. The first preview releasecame four weeks after the final release ofInternet Explorer 9. IE10 reached generalavailability on 4 September 2012 as acomponent of Windows Server 2012.A preview of IE10 for Windows 7 wasmade available for download inNovember 2012.
Windows Explorer, which has beenrenamed File Explorer, nowincorporates a ribbon toolbar, designedto bring forward the most commonlyused commands for easy access. The"Up" button (which advances the userback a level in the folder hierarchy) thatwas removed from Explorer afterWindows XP has also been restored.Additionally, File Explorer features aredesigned preview pane that takesadvantage of widescreen layouts. FileExplorer also provides a built-infunction for mounting ISO, IMG, andVHD files as virtual drives. The Ribbon in File Explore on Windows 8