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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This is one best os out there. very stable once all updates are isntalled. also including bitlocker for like at price point of 149.99. vs windows 7 back then with ultimate would have cost 300 just to get the bit locker encryption. nice os in general. would highly reccomend for touch screen or gaming
Everything I could do in Windows 7 I can do in Windows 8. Getting the Pro version gave me access to the Hyper-V client which is well worth it when testing new software. So far I've seen only improvements and it runs well on my 3 and a half year old equipment.
I would not pay full price for this. I got 2 copies for $15 a piece. I just entered some random information on the Windows 8 promo page. It's better than 7 if you get StartIsBack. Start8 runs in the background so I don't recommend it.
It installed and works well with my new motherboard. The only thing I did not like was the very very tiny font they used for the key. If you stick that to the back of your case it will be unreadable.
Forget what people have to say about Windows 8 and approach it with an open mind because it is quite well made and kinda awesome IMO. (I consider myself a power user and multi-task like crazy) You would have to be "special" to think that the developers who made this aren't power users and didn't think it through.
I am a software / web developer using a multi-monitor setup with a Dell laptop and really appreciate the addition of a proper second task bar. I sort of like how metro apps have their own task bar.
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