Windows 8 – What’s To Expect With The Latest Microsoft Update

The next big Microsoft update is coming with the highly anticipated release of Windows 8. The new operating system has been optimized for the ultimate desktop, laptop and mobile tablet experience. Windows 8 incorporates the popular Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system to bring the touch interface to front and center with big, touch friendly tiles and the inclusion of multi gesture commands.

How Windows 8 works

Traditional Windows users will instantly notice one critical difference when they boot up their new Windows 8 devices – the missing Start Button. Instead, Windows 8 loads with a Start Screen depicting large tiles to launch various applications and to access important files. There are two modes that users can switch between in the new Windows 8 operating system, the Metro mode which is perfect for tablets and mobile devices and the standard desktop view. The Metro view also includes the new touch friendly “charms” which allows for easy searching and social media sharing at any point in your user journey.

Also important, Windows 8 supports applications and is currently available in Beta mode for developers for the expected launch of the Windows store.

The new Windows 8 operating system is also expected to make it easy to connect to mobile broadband and Microsoft’s own cloud storage. The cloud integration syncs up multiple Windows devices, enabling you to start working on a file at work and pick up exactly where you left off back home without needing to carry around USB drives.

Some other great features of Windows 8:

–       Task suspension – if you’re the type of user that leaves all of their programs running, there’s good news – close buttons are gone in the new Windows 8 system. Instead of needing to close them down, applications are suspended when you switch tasks and will automatically close if you need the resources.

–       Better Multiple Monitor Support – Microsoft has recognized that multiple monitors is a much more common user setup so its new interface gives more options for multiple displays including the ability to have different backgrounds on each screen.

–       Small back up – the new Windows 8 includes a File History which makes it easier to back up your device. You won’t need a clunky external hard drive, instead any USB or flash drive will do. You can configure how much data gets backed up; by default, the File History will back up libraries, contacts, favorites and desktop contents so you can ensure your most used files are looked after.

–       Picture Password – for the visually minded, the new Picture Password feature lets you set a sequence of gestures on an image to unlock your device. This means you don’t have to remember complicated strings of numbers and letters with capital letters and symbols.

What are you looking forward to in the new Windows 8 operating system?


Sarah Paige writes on tech devices and gadgets including the latest iPad broadband plans in Sydney.

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