On October 26th, Microsoft is officially releasing the much anticipated Windows 8 operating system. The following are the top 10 features of the new OS (information compliments of wired.com):
- Easy Gestures- Windows 8 is the first Windows OS that allows for gestures. What are gestures? Items like swiping in from the left to switch apps and swiping in from the right for the Charms menu. The pinch to zoom option is now available.
- Live Tiles and Lock Screen- the apps you use in Windows 8 can feed information to you without you even having to open them. For example, Facebook will feed you live updates on yuor news feed.
- System Wide Search- Windows 8 offers a great tool for searching for files, apps, and settings directly from the Start Screen, simply by typing.
- Refresh and Reset- If Windows 8 appears to be running ‘sluggish’, a user can refresh the system by a simple one-click. No files, apps, or settings are changed. Reset is used when you want to comlpetely wipe the system back to a clean windows install.
- Settings Sync- Thanks to the Microsoft account and cloud-friendly platform, personalizations can travel with you from PC to PC.
- Snap View for Multitasking- You can snap two apps side-by-side so when one app is active, the other takes up a small sliver of the screen.
- Pin Anything- You can pin anything to the Start Screen. It is simple to pin and un-pin any application.
- Share Everything- The share menu lets you share info amongst different people, or with other apps or with social media.
- Task Manager- This is much improved. It gives the user the ability to see what is loaded, how many resources it is taking up, and great insight on the performance of the OS.
- The Interface- The overall feel and look of Windows 8 is slick and it is incredibly speedy.
For more information on these features please visit: >http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/10/the-10-best-features-in-windows-8/?pid=3892&viewall=true