It's a new era for PCs. Sleek and lightweight, with a focus on beautiful design and innovative materials, Windows PCs have reached new heights in performance and battery life.
Entertainment and apps of every kind take center stage. Tap into your creative side, lose yourself in a game with friends, discover and download video and songs, and play them on your TV or Xbox 360.
Catch a movie, take in the latest gossip, and power through your to-do list. Go from full-screen video to spreadsheet in one swipe, or snap them side-by-side for easy multi-tasking. Zoom through your files, do instant searches from any app you're in, and fire up familiar programs—they run faster than ever.
The desktop that you're used to—along with the familiar file structure and ways of getting around—is not only still here, it's even better than it was. And things like Control Panel and Task Manager are faster and easier to find and use.
Connected for success
Built-in mobile broadband features in Windows support 3G and 4G. As you move, your PC will automatically find and use available Wi-Fi hotspots. So you can be effortlessly connected and ready to work and stay in touch from anywhere.
Load up on apps from the Windows Store
Windows 8 and Windows RT give you access to the Windows Store, where you can discover a new world of apps for your PC. Just tap or click the Store tile and start exploring. Filter by price, rating, and more. Many apps are free. Others let you try before you buy. So explore and load up on apps—the more you have, the more you can do.
Apps work together
Things that used to take lots of different programs to do now flow together in one simple experience. Use the Photos app to see all your photos from Facebook and Flickr, and then upload them to your blog or send them to friends via email—all without ever leaving the app.
Get to the controls the same way in every app. Just swipe up from the bottom edge or right click with a mouse, and the app commands pop right up. Searching is the same in every app, too—use the Search charm no matter what app you're using to find things within the app, on your PC, or on the web.
Ready to roll: Your basic apps
Windows gives you apps for the basics and a lot more. Apps like People, Mail, Photos, and Messaging power you through essential tasks and work together to make everything easier.
Get email from your accounts—including Outlook, Gmail, and Yahoo!—all in one place.
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Coming from a Macintosh background (occasional win7 and xp use), I am having some difficulty adjusting to this OS. The desktop is practically the same as windows 7, but the start menu is totally different. Now that I'm all set up, it suits my needs and workflow feels good.
Very nice os. very visually appealing and easy to navigate, especially if you have a touch screen. I actually really like windows 8, even though a good chunk of people seem to hate on it. I upgraded my laptop to windows 8 upon its initial release and did not regret it, which is the main reason i decided to go with it for my desktop as well. No complaints here
I wish Microsoft would have realeased Windows 7.5 instead... I like that Win8 is fast... some games benchmarks are better, but They should let you choose if you want to use the desktop version or tablet version when you install instead of always starting up as a tablet by default...
This new version of Windows didn't convince me on launch day but after getting used to it for a couple weeks I feel that this is really an upgrade from Windows 7 and was worth the change. Except the fact that you have to use the modern UI instead of a traditionnal start menu, I think that overall this is a great os.
I upgraded from Win XP pro, so for me this is a huge upgrade. I can finally have more than 4 GB of ram, and proper support for SSD drives. I don't know why so many people bash this OS, I think it's great. I've used Win 7 as well, and 8 is a big step up. I don't miss the start button either. It took all of 2 hours to get used to not having it.
Okay, the metro UI really is not that great on a PC. On a tablet I can see it working but not on a mainstream PC. The desktop mode is great once you install Start8 or Classic Start and set it to boot straight to the desktop. The OS feels like it has MPD but its noticeably faster than Windows 7
Although Windows 8 is a bit of a departure of their classic OS fundamentally it is almost the same, with a new touch friendly UI laid parallel to it. After just a couple of days I realised it is nearly as easy to navigate as any other OS and while some complain that it was made for touchscreens first I have no troubles navigating with just a mouse on my desktop system. Plus there is an easy to use app store built into the Modern UI side of thing I still like the OS overall.
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