Windows-8-featuresWindows 8 comes with top 11 features that can provide users with better performance and usability. It is the newest release of Windows that is ideal for personal computers for home and business use as well as tablets, laptops and home theater PCs. From September 2011 up to May 2012, the 3 pre-release versions were released. Eventually on October 26, 2012, it was released to the public. There are several Windows 8 editions – Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT (for tablets and mobiles).

There are a wide range of new features offered by Windows 8. It includes fast boot time and performance improvement, user-friendly print and search functions, metro UI and touch mode, new task manager, solution for cyber security, Internet Explorer 10, hyper-V client, SkyDrive, unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI), Windows To Go and multiple data storage devices.

Windows 8 is mainly used on laptops, followed by desktops and the tablets. It only takes 17 seconds for Windows 8 to start up which is faster than Windows 7. Based on statistics, there are 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in less than a week while 1.24 billion hours are spent on testing by the developers and beta testers. Windows 8 is available in 109 languages and if you want an upgrade, it costs $39.99 USD only.

There are also pros and cons of the Windows 8. It works on even 1.4GHz processor, includes many apps from the Windows Store, and works on desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones as well as supports 3G/4G. Windows 8 has a mobile-centric design, location access may be given to Windows 8 apps, entails a steep learning curve and there is no system tray unlike with the previous Windows 7. Below is a nice infographic that will help you learn more about it.


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