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What should be expected from Windows 8?

April 2015


What should be expected from Windows 8?



The next version of the world's most popular operating system will definitely be a major turning point in its history.
Discover all that awaits us under Windows 8: new features, new way to use Windows ...etc

Windows 8


Windows 8, official release date has been announced (26th October 2012) and it time for you to determine if you will be upgrading to the latest version of the Windows OS or not. For now, the upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 is at € 29.99, and € 59.99 for installation DVD. Some very competitive prices, unlike older versions which ranged between 100 and 300 €!
  • In addition, Microsoft has launched a special offer for all PC with a genuine version of Windows 7 (valid for Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate), allowing upgrade to Windows 8 for only € 14,99.

A new logo for Windows

  • Since Windows XP, we are all accustomed to the red, green, blue and yellow logo, which had also been improved with Windows Vista and here is the new logo, unveiled on February 18.

A new interface


  • The "Start" button has been removed and Windows 8 will come with a new interface arranged in the forms of tiles that will give you access to your settings, applications and files: The Metro interface.
  • Same as the previous version of Windows, the background color and image of the metro interface can be modified.
  • Applications will be adapted to this new interface: Metro applications. Internet Explorer 10 (available in the Developer Preview) has been redesigned to fit in the Metro interface.It should be noted that features like Windows taskbar, icons, Gadgets Sidebar, Windows Aero Peek, Aero Snap and Sake are still available.

The Charm Bar


  • This is the name given to small menu that will now replace the Windows button at the bottom left of the screen in the Developer Preview.
  • It can be accessed by placing the mouse cursor on the bottom or top right of the screen and it has 5 icons, allowing you to access the Start menu, Search, Share, change the display device, access to PC settings, adjust the volume or brightness, hibernate the PC...etc

Optimized for tablets

  • With its Metro interface, Windows 8 is primarily optimized for tablets.
  • It will be the first OS from Microsoft that will support the ARM architecture, the platform used on tablets and mobile phones.
  • To also know that Metro applications work both in portrait to landscape mode
  • Nevertheless, you don't need to throw your mouse and keyboard away: they work great with Windows 8.

New features

  • In addition to its new interface that will allow you to use Windows in a new way, many features have been added and others have been improved.

USB 3.0

  • 10 times faster than USB 2.0, the USB 3.0 is promoted to a great future, according to Microsoft.
  • In fact, according to statistics from June 2011, in 2015, all new computers will be equipped with USB 3.0 ports.
  • For example, you can copy a high definition movie from a USB 3.0 storage medium in 80 seconds, instead of the 15 minutes required with USB 2.0.


Improvement of basic operations

  • Copy, paste, rename, delete ... these operations represent 50% of total use of commands performed on your PC.
  • These easy tasks may sometimes take several minutes when dealing with a large amount of data, because Windows Explorer is not optimized for this kind of transfers or has the ability to rapidly create multiple concurrent copies .
  • These operations are optimized under Windows 8:
    • Copy/Paste operations will be grouped in a single window. You can pause/resume an ongoing operation. There will also be opportunity to change the display of progress bar indicating the status of the copy operations and the speed at which data is being transfered.
  • Managing two copies, the 2nd task is paused (second window):


  • Management of three copies graphic display

  • Improved management of duplicate file names, these problems are even more troublesome when managing multiple copies of several files bearing the same name. Windows 8 will provide more comprehensive options to solve these conflicts.
    • New dialog to resolve conflicts:



The Windows Explorer


One of the major changes of Windows Explorer will be the appearance of a new ribbon, which will allow you to easily organize your files.
  • Some commands that could only be accessed through context menus are now displayed in the new ribbon.

The Windows Explorer in Windows 8:



The Information pane of Windows Explorer:


Faster startup


Windows 8 boots faster. Now your computer is ready to be used in about 10 seconds after pressing the button, against the 25-30 seconds required by Windows 7.

Until now, when you press the power button, the PC starts by loading the drivers necessary to boot the OS kernel, and then initialize the Windows system (loading additional drivers, services) and Session 0.
  • When you turn off the system operating, the sessions, programs and services are closed, but the session 0 is recorded on the hard disk. It's like having your PC on a permanent hibernation mode: Windows saves the state of the memory (opened sessions, programs and services) on the hard drive, then turn off the PC. But *Windows 8 will only record the state of the session 0, which take less time, so when you start it, it first restores the state of the session 0 in memory and then proceed to the loading of drivers.


A new task manager


A new and lightweight task manager will be available under Windows 8.
  • It will only display the important applications in a simplified view where the only option is to "End task".
  • To view the background process and additional options, simply click on "More details".





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Supports larger disks and sectors

  • High resolution pictures, HD movies, music collections ... our range of digital media continues to grow and improve.
  • New increasingly fast and sophisticated hard disk are being designed to track the customer's needs.
  • With the emergence of more and more of these large capacity drives, Microsoft has built into Windows 8 the opportunity to support 3 TB drives (terabytes) or more.

Windows Store

  • A direct access to Microsoft online store, "Windows Store" , where an increasing number of application optimized for the Metro inteface are being presented.

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