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4 most exciting features of Windows 8

The newest version of operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8 will be released on October 26th 2012 and will be available for purchase on new computers from November.  

As Microsoft Partners ITC will start using Windows 8 in early October so that we get to know what has changed since Windows 7 and are able to provide support for Windows 8 as soon as it is released.

What are the major changes and how is Windows 8 different from previous versions of Windows? That’s a good question, to help you find the answers we came up with a list of 4 most exciting features of Windows 8.

  • Design – Metro look

Microsoft took the inspiration from its Windows Phone and changed the design of the user interface which is completely different from one you can see in Windows 7. It’s called Metro interface which is based on a tiles style layout similar to the one on tablets or Android phones.

  • New Start Screen

Due to the new ‘Metro’ design, the Start Screen looks more like a dashboard of all the information you like and need. The dashboard consists of live tiles representing applications which you can fully customise depending on your preferences. For example, you can add your favourite apps such as weather, mail, music, calendar, your business Twitter or Facebook account as well as your favourite websites. The great thing is that the tiles update in real time and so display the latest information.

You can personalise the Start Screen just the way you want it, for instance you can choose the colour of your Start Screen or arrange the tiles with applications in the way you want.

The main advantage of the new Start Screen is that it enables you to see everything important to you in one view and thus save you a lot of time. You don’t have to open different windows to check for instance your mailbox and calendar you can just press the Windows Key on your keyboard and quickly see the information in one spot.

windows 8 - new start screen

 

  • New Lock Screen

The lock screen can be also customised; apart from colours and background image you can choose what apps you want to have displayed on your lock screen. When your computer is locked you can still stay on track with the latest information through your selected apps.

windows 8 - new lock screen

  • Picture password

Windows 8 brings a new way of logging into your computer which works by entering picture password rather than the numeric one.

The creation of this new kind of password is very simple. You will just need to choose one picture (e.g. your family photo) and draw three gestures such as circle or lines which you will need to draw in the same sequence when you sign in the next time. This type of password is one of the most secure way to protect your computer and easier for you to remember it.

 

windows 8 - picture password

 

We will be having a closer look at Windows 8 soon after the official release date to provide you with a comprehensive review of all the features and how you can upgrade your current version to Windows 8. In the meantime if you have any questions please get in touch.

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