Windows 8 is the upcoming Operating System from Microsoft Family and according to Microsoft Windows 8 based Computer will be different and new kind of device with Full Touch Support. There are several things that Microsoft Windows 8 is suppose to reveal, but as of now I’ve compiled some verified information about Windows 8 from the web and Electronic Media.
Microsoft Windows 8: ‘Information and Analysis’
Touch and Type
On June 1 2011, Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience announced that the next version of Windows OS is internally code named as ‘Windows 8’. This new version of Windows will have Touchscreen support and Normal Keyboard and Mouse input support. In a nutshell, we can assume Fully touch optimized web browsing and Gaming with Windows 8.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Microsoft has officially confirmed that the System requirements for Windows 8 will be same as or may be lower than Windows 7. So, If I guess, the minimum hardware requirements should be:
- 1 GHz Processor
- 1 GB RAM (32 bit)/ 2 GB RAM (64 bit)
- 32 GB Hard Disk
- A Normal Graphics Device (DirectX 9)
Probably you don’t need to buy a new PC or an additional Hardware component to use windows 8 if you don’t want Touch support and High Definition Graphics.
Including x86 Processors such as Intel and AMD, Microsoft is adding support for the processors with ARM Architecture. ARM Processors are low powered CPUs mostly used on Mobile devices and Tablets.
A New Start Screen
Microsoft Announced that Microsoft Windows 8 will have a new configurable Start Screen.
Primarily Windows 8 designed for 16:9 screen resolution with 1366×768 and larger screens able to display two Windows 8 applications. 1024×768 screens can display one Windows 8 application in full-screen, and 1024×600 screens can only use the traditional Windows desktop.
Complete USB 3.0 Support
Windows 8 will support the new USB version 3.0. USB 3.0 has 80% of more power than USB 2.0. It means high speed data transfer with more power efficiency and I’ll be able to copy a HD movie within seconds.
Improved File Management: Copy, Paste, Cut, Rename and Delete
Copy, Paste (CTRL+C and CTRL+V), Cut, Rename and Delete options are the most used features of Windows OS. In windows 8, Microsoft has kept three goals in mind:
- One Place to Manage All Copy Jobs
- Clear and Concise
- Better User Control
Better Bulk Management and File name conflicts experience
One click management of all file name conflicts such as replace, Move and Keep. Also, there is an secondary experience called ‘Detailed Conflict Resolution Dialog.’
- Microsoft has cleared the confusion caused by Single Thumbnail in Windows 8.
- More apparent Source and Destination with their columns.
- Better Text
- More Usability Research
Accessing Data in ISO and VHD Files:
- In Windows 8, you don’t need a Third Party Utility to Access, Mount and Unmount and Create ISO images. You can create Virtual Optical Drive to Access ISO files.
- In case of VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) the process is similar as ISO files but Instead of Optical drive (In case of ISO) all VHD files will appear as new Hard Drives.
A New Application Development Platform
Check out a boring video on ‘Building Windows 8’ published by Microsoft.
Yet to come:
- Windows 8 official Price Details
- Number of Editions such as Starter, Home, Home Premium, Ultimate etc..
Windows 8 is suppose to have stunning User Experience with better ease of access. If you know anything, do let me know.None found.