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Organize your Start

Windows 8
Faces of Windows 8
Your apps, friends,
and sites in one place
Start is the heart of your PCits where you
open apps and desktop programs, see what your
friends are doing, and get to your favorite
websites and files.
The tiles on Start can show updates from your
friends, new email, app notifications, and the
next appointment on your calendar at a glance,
even without opening an app. And because
everyone who uses the PC can sign in with their
own Microsoft account, each person can
personalize their own tiles, colors, and
backgrounds.
TIP: When you're in the desktop, you can
right-click the Start button to get to quick
settings like Power Options, Task Manager,
Control Panel, and Device Manager.

Seeing all your apps


You can find all your apps and programs in the
Apps view. To get to the Apps view, slide up from
the middle of the Start screen with your finger, or
click the arrow
near the lower-left corner of the
Start screen.

screen
Your Start screen is yours to organize and
arrange. You can resize tiles and move them
around in whatever way you want. For example,
you can make the tiles you use more often
bigger, and the ones you use less often smaller.
You can size and arrange your tiles in a way that
looks best to you. You can also group tiles
together to help you keep track of your apps and
use them more efficiently. However you choose to
organize the tiles, customizing your Start screen
makes it easier to get to the apps, folders, sites,
and people you interact with the most.

What is Windows 8?

Windows 8 is a personal computer


operating system developed by
Microsoft as part of the Windows NT
family of operating systems.
Windows 8 is a completely
redesigned operating system
developed from the ground up with
touchscreen use in mind as well as
near-instant-on capabilities that
enable a Windows 8 PC to load and
start up in a matter of seconds
rather than in minutes.

History
Early development
Windows 8 development started

If you want, you can also choose to see the Apps


view first when you sign in. To learn how,
see Personalize your PC.

before Windows 7 had shipped in 2009. At

When you install a new app from the Windows


Store, it'll appear in the Apps view. Then, you can
pin it to your Start screen or desktop taskbar if
you want to get to it quickly.

of Windows would add support

the Consumer Electronics Show in January


2011, it was announced that the next version
for ARM system-on-chips alongside the
existing x86 processors produced by

vendors, especially AMD and Intel. Windows

featured in the final (although the final

division president Steven

version comes with smaller circling dots

Sinofsky demonstrated an early build of the

throbber). It also had the

port on prototype devices, while Microsoft

text Welcome below them, although this was

CEO Steve Ballmer announced the

also scrapped.

company's goal for Windows to be


"everywhere on every kind of device without
compromise." Details also began to surface

On 1 June 2011, Microsoft unveiled


Windows 8's new user interface as well as
additional features at both Computex

about a new application framework for

Taipei and the D9: All Things

Windows 8 codenamed "Jupiter", which

Digital conference in California.[22][23]

would be used to make "immersive"

The "Building Windows 8" blog launched on

applications using XAML (similarly


to Windows Phone and Silverlight) that could
be distributed via a new packaging system

15 August 2011, featuring details


surrounding Windows 8's features and its
development process.

and a rumored application store.

Previews

Three milestone releases of Windows


8 leaked to the general public. Milestone 1,
Build 7850, was leaked on 12 April 2011.

[18]

Microsoft unveiled more Windows 8 features


It

and improvements on the first day of

was the first build where the text of a

the Build conference on 13 September 2011.

window was written centered instead of

[25]

aligned to the left. It was also probably the

build of Windows 8, Windows Developer

first appearance of the Metro-style font, and

Preview (build 8102) at the event.

its wallpaper had the text shhh... let's not

A Samsung tablet running the build was also

leak our hard work. However, its detailed

distributed to conference attendees.

build number reveals that the build was


created on 22 September 2010.[19] The
leaked copy edition was Enterprise edition.
The OS still reads as "Windows 7". Milestone
2, Build 7955, was leaked on 25 April 2011.
The traditional Blue Screen of Death (BSoD)
was replaced by a new Black screen,
although this was later scrapped. This build
introduced a new ribbon in Windows
Explorer. Build 7959, with minor changes but
the first 64-bit version, was leaked on 1 May
2011. The "Windows 7" logo was temporarily
replaced with text displaying "Microsoft
Confidential". On 17 June 2011, build 7989
64-bit edition was leaked. It introduced a
new boot screen featuring the same fish as

Microsoft released the first public beta

The build was released for download later in


the day in standard 32-bit and 64-bit
versions, plus a special 64-bit version which
included SDKs and developer tools (Visual
Studio Express and Expression Blend) for
developing Metro-style apps.[26] The Windows
Store was announced during the
presentation, but was not available in this
build.[27][28] According to Microsoft, there were
about 535,000 downloads of the developer
preview within the first 12 hours of its
release.[29] Originally set to expire on 11
March 2012, in February 2012 the Developer
Preview's expiry date was changed to 15
January 2013.[30]

the default Windows 7 Beta wallpaper, which

On 19 February 2012, Microsoft unveiled a

was later scrapped, and the circling dots as

new logo to be adopted for Windows 8.

Designed by Pentagram partner Paula Scher,

Preview, the release preview expired on 15

the Windows logo was changed to resemble

January 2013.

a set of four window panes. Additionally, the


entire logo is now rendered in a single solid
color.[31]
On 29 February 2012, Microsoft released
Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the beta
version of Windows 8, build 8250. Alongside
other changes, the build removed the Start
button from the taskbar for the first time
since its debut on Windows 95; according to
Windows manager Chaitanya Sareen, the
Start button was removed to reflect their
view that on Windows 8, the desktop was an
"app" itself, and not the primary interface of
the operating system.[32][33] Windows
president Steven Sinofsky said more than
100,000 changes had been made since the
developer version went public. [33] The day
after its release, Windows 8 Consumer
Preview had been downloaded over one
million times.[34] Like the Developer Preview,
the Consumer Preview expired on 15 January
2013.

On 1 August 2012, Windows 8 (build 9200)


was released to manufacturing with the build
number 6.2.9200.16384 .[40] Microsoft
planned to hold a launch event on 25
October 2012[41] and release Windows 8
for general availability on the next day.
[42]

However, only a day after its release to

manufacturing, a copy of the final version of


Windows 8 Enterprise N (a version for
European markets lacking bundled media
players to comply with a court ruling) leaked
online, followed by leaks of the final versions
of Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise a few days
later.[43][44] On 15 August 2012, Windows 8
was made available to download
for MSDN and TechNet subscribers.[45] Windo
ws 8 was made available to Software
Assurance customers on 16 August 2012.
[46]

Windows 8 was made available for

students with aDreamSpark


Premium subscription on 22 August 2012,

Many other builds were released until the


Japan's Developers Day conference, when
Steven Sinofsky announced that Windows 8
Release Preview (build 8400) would be
released during the first week of June. [35] On
28 May 2012, Windows 8 Release Preview
(Standard Simplified Chinese x64 edition, not
China-specific version, build 8400) was
leaked online on various Chinese and
BitTorrent websites.[36] On 31 May 2012,
Windows 8 Release Preview was released to
the public by Microsoft.

Release

[37]

Major items in the

Release Preview included the addition of


Sports, Travel, and News apps, along with an
integrated version of Adobe Flash
Player in Internet Explorer.[38] Like the
Developer Preview and the Consumer

earlier than advertised.[47]


Relatively few changes were made from the
Release Preview to the final version; these
included updated versions of its pre-loaded
apps, the renaming of Windows Explorer to
File Explorer, the replacement of the Aero
Glass theme from Windows Vista and 7 with
a new flat and solid-colored theme, and the
addition of new background options for the
Start screen, lock screen, and desktop.
[48]

Prior to its general availability on 26

October 2012, updates were released for


some of Windows 8's bundled apps, and a
"General Availability Cumulative Update"
(which included fixes to improve
performance, compatibility, and battery life)
was released on Tuesday, 9 October 2012.

Microsoft indicated that due to


improvements to its testing infrastructure,
general improvements of this nature are to

Features

be released more frequently through


Windows Update instead of being relegated
to OEMs and service packsonly.
Microsoft began an advertising campaign

centered around Windows 8 and


its Surface tablet in October 2012, starting
with its first television advertisement

premiering on 14 October 2012.[8] Microsoft's


advertising budget of US$1.51.8 billion was
significantly larger than the US$200 million

campaign used to promote Windows 95.


[51]

As part of its campaign, Microsoft set up

34 pop-up stores inside malls (primarily


focusing on Surface), provided training for
retail employees in partnership with Intel,
and collaborated with the electronics store
chain Best Buy to design expanded spaces to
showcase devices. In an effort to make retail
displays of Windows 8 devices more
"personal", Microsoft also developed a
character known in English-speaking markets

as "Allison Brown", whose fictional profile


(including personal photos, contacts, and
emails) is also featured on demonstration
units of Windows 8 devices.[52]
In May 2013, Microsoft launched a new
television campaign for Windows 8
illustrating the capabilities and pricing of

a new Start screen to


replace the Start menu
used by previous versions
of Windows,
a new online store that
can be used to obtain new
applications
a new platform for apps
with an emphasis on
touch screen input
Additional security
features were added to the
operating system
Really Fast Install
Faster boot time
Metro style platform and
tool
Cloud Integration
Built-In PDF Reader
Multi-Touch Interface
Support
Everything that runs on
Windows 7 will run on
Windows 8
Picture Password
Not so many major
changes in Windows 8,
comparing to Windows 7,
except for the touch screen
option.

Windows 8 tablets in comparison to the iPad,


which featured the voice of Siri remarking on
the iPad's limitations in a parody of Apple's
"Get a Mac" advertisements. On 12 June
2013 during game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup
Finals, Microsoft premiered the first ad in its
"Windows Everywhere" campaign, which
promoted Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and
the company's suite of online services as an
interconnected platform.

New and Changed Feature


New features and functionality in Windows
8 include a faster startup
through UEFI integration and the new
"Hybrid Boot" mode (whichhibernates the
Windows kernel on shutdown to speed up the
subsequent boot),[57] a new lock screen with
a clock and notifications,[58] and the ability

for enterprise users to create live


USB versions of Windows (known as Windows
To Go).[59][60] Windows 8 also adds native
support for USB 3.0 devices, which allow for
faster data transfers and improved power
management with compatible devices, [61]
[62]

andhard disk 4KB Advanced

Format support,[63] as well as support for near


field communication to facilitate sharing and
communication between devices. [64]
Windows Explorer, which has been renamed
File Explorer, now includes a ribbon in place
of the command bar. File operation dialog
boxes have been updated to provide more
detailed statistics, the ability to pause file
transfers, and improvements in the ability to
manage conflicts when copying files.[65] A
new "File History" function allows
incremental revisions of files to be backed up
to and restored from a secondary storage
device,[66] while Storage Spaces allows users
to combine different sized hard disks into
virtual drives and specify mirroring, parity, or
no redundancy on a folder-by-folder basis. [67]
Task Manager has been redesigned,
including a new processes tab with the
option to display fewer or more details of
running applications and background
processes, a heat map using different colors
indicating the level of resource usage,
network and disk counters, grouping by
process type (e.g. applications, background
processes and Windows processes), friendly
names for processes and a new option which

Advantages of
Windows 8
Windows 8 is able to work on
the Tablet, Laptop and Desktop
Everything was faster in
Windows 8
There is a Windows App Store
on Windows 8
Windows 8 is designed to
support the touch screen
Windows 8 has been designed
for touch screens with ARM
based processors in which
current smartphones and
tablets are run on
It is optimized for the touch devices.
Windows 8 uses the Metro interface
which is improved for touch screen
devices featuring a new Start screen.
It supports the low-power ARM
architecture. It has advanced security
features such as antivirus capabilities
and supports secure boot.
It has short boot time. Windows 8 boot
time takes less than 8 seconds which is
much shorter than its earlier version.
There is no need for the PC upgrade to
run Windows 8. Any PC which is able
to run Windows 7 on it can run
Windows 8 and there is no need to
upgrade PC.
One of the main features of Window 8
is the app platform. Windows Store has
a number of apps that are built for
Windows 8.
Windows 8 also supports Near Field
Communications (NFC) printing. A
technology which can aid in financial
transactions digitally.

allows users to search the web to find


information about obscure processes.
[68]

Additionally, the Blue Screen of Death has

been updated with a simpler and modern


design with less technical information
displayed.

Disadvantages of
Windows
Metro is able to work well on
the tablet but the UI is not very
compatible when used on the
desktop

Metro multitasking is limited to


2 application only
Very difficult to move between
screens
There is no option to turn tiles
into icons
Tiles caused crash
The main disadvantage of Windows 8 is
overlapping of Metro and Aero User
Interface. Switching between Metro
applications and desktop applications is
not user-friendly and creates confusion
for the users and the developers.
There is no way to turn the home screen
tiles into icons. When a number of apps
are installed, then the Start screen looks
garbled.
It is very difficult to swap between
different screens. The absence of AltTab function makes it difficult when
working with many applications as
there is no easy way to switch between
programs.
Another disadvantage of Windows 8 is
the Metro multitasking. In Windows 8,
in the Metro interface for tablets, the
screen display two applications are
lined.

Metro interface works well on tablets


but the User Interface is not very
compatible on the desktop. There is a
need of some kill-switch which can turn
the Metro UI off.
Windows 8 doesnt support any flash
content on Tablet PC. Apparently, it has
been done in order to save battery of the
Tablet. It also protects our privacy and
enhance the security of the Tablet.

Trivia

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