A rundown of Windows 8 features you should know about
In our bid to keep readers updated about the Windows 8 operating system, we've covered a fair amount of ground about Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) upcoming operating system here. The large number of new features may have proven confusing for some, however, and some useful features may have been sidelined in mainstream reports.
After spending a few months with the developer preview release, John Brandon of Computerworld has put together 13 less-discussed features about Windows 8. Here they are, with some links to our past coverage for more details.
Fast boot-up: Significantly improved boot time over Windows 7. (Windows 8 to feature significantly faster bootup time)
Reset and refresh: Quick step-by-step wizards to reset (or refresh) without having to reinstall. (Windows 8 to feature 'push-button' reformatting)
Windows To Go: Essentially allows a user's local install to be loaded into a flash drive. (Check out Windows 8 could be booted from a USB Flash Drive)
The Windows Store: Will basically mimic the Mac App Store; free trial version expected for many apps and games. (Windows Store could be the next big thing)
Ribbon interface: Will appear in places like Windows Explorer and the Hyper-V management app.
Wi-Fi Direct support: Support for Wi-Fi Direct now natively built-in.
NFC support: Support for near field communication.
Native ISO image support: Double-click on ISO image file to view image as a virtual optical drive.
Side-by-side apps on tablets: Run two Metro apps on the screen at the same time.
ARM processor support: Expect devices with a longer battery life. (Windows 8 will be available in ARM)
Windows Live SkyDrive integration: SkyDrive will be integrated directly into Windows 8.
Hyper-V: Hyper-V now appears on the client version of Windows.
Task Manager improved: A redesigned Task Manager that streamlines management of processes.
So which of the above features are you most looking forward to? I've outlined some of my personal favorites in today's editorial.
- check out this article at Computerworld