UPDATE: Microsoft has released the final version of Windows 8 to consumers on October 26, 2012. The Windows 8 RTM build packs-in plenty of new features and options. Even though there are not many surprises for users coming from Windows 8 preview builds, users who’re upgrading from a previous version of have plenty of surprises in this version of Windows.
Windows 8 ships with hundreds of new features. Below are some of the best features of Windows 8:
Graphical Boot Manager: Windows 8 comes with a graphical boot manager that not only supports mouse but also compatible with touchscreens.
Lock screen: Displays date, time, battery and network status. One can also configure apps to show notifications on the lock screen.
Start screen: The main attraction of Windows 8. Microsoft has dropped the good old Start menu from Windows 8 and has introduced Start screen. The new Start screen is much powerful and is easy-to-use as well. The Start screen displays live information that you care with the help of live tiles feature, lets you pin your favorite drive, folder, and webpages for quick access and also lets you launch installed apps.
Windows Store: Windows 8 comes with its own app store. The Windows Store can be accessed by launching the Store app on the Start screen. Windows Store has over 50,000 apps in different categories and is one of the fastest growing app stores.
Ribbon Explorer: The ribbon in Windows Explorer or File Explorer lets you quickly access file and folder options with a click. The Ribbon Explorer works great with touch inputs as well.
PC Settings or modern Control Panel: Windows 8 ships with two Control Panels: the legacy Control Panel and a new PC Settings designed for touchscreens. The PC Settings includes options to customize the Start screen, lock screen, and also settings related to user accounts, search, notifications, privacy and sync.
File history: A handy feature in Windows 8 that automatically saves copies of your files so that you can restore them later if they are lost or damaged. This feature is turned off by default.
Storage spaces: Another excellent feature to save and protect your date. By using storage spaces, you can save your data to two or more drives to avoid losing data when a drive fails.
Refresh and Reset PC: While Refresh PC lets you restore all Windows settings to their defaults without deleting your data, Reset PC feature lets you restore your PC to factory state by reinstalling Windows and deleting all data.
Just weeks after Microsoft showed Windows 8 Milestone 1 build 6.2.7867 with Windows 7 UI at the CES 2011, two pictures of the next version of Windows have appeared on the Internet. As you can see, these leaked pictures don’t provide much information on Windows 8.
Here are the two leaked pictures:
Please note that these pictures are from a pre-release build. Microsoft may tweak the setup screen in the Beta or Release Candidate version.
Check out some fantastic Windows 8 wallpapers.
Thanks to Zukona and Canouna.