Due to the effort given by the speaker on our school during Windows 8 Launch – only emphasizing the new look, and a very insubstantial demonstration, I decided to write this post for those people who needs basic knowledge about what’s new with Windows 8.
Windows 8 is not just about the look, it’s more than that.
The descriptions written on every features may be vague to others, if so, please use or refer to your “Google it, Dumb-ass” instinct. Thank You.
The written features are of those features that general users should know.
This post will never present all of the new features of Windows 8.
Secure/Trusted Boot – this feature is only applies on machine that is UEFI (Universal Extensible Firmware Interface) capable. This feature provides security on your boot process, giving less chance of rootkit attacks.
Picture Password & PIN – two other authentication methods you may add on your log-on screen.
Task Manager – more detailed than the previous version (Windows 7). Providing the user more information about the running processes/applications. And also, disabling start-up programs is now placed under Task Manager.
Windows Explorer – is now powered by Ribbon Interface (introduced on Microsoft Office 2007). Most of your context menu (Right click of your mouse menu) is now placed on the Ribbon.
Built-in PDF Reader – users may read documents on Portable Document Format (commonly known as PDF) without downloading and installing third party applications such as Adobe Reader, FoxIt Reader, NitroPDF, and etc.
Built-in ISO Mount – gamers will love this. Users now can browse the files inside a ISO image without downloading and installing third-party application such as PowerISO, MagicISO, and etc. Only ISO images are can be mounted.
File History – think of the concept of System Restore. File History is just like that, but focusing only on folders and documents. This feature, if enable, will give the users the capability to restore their file from the previous version. File History needs an external storage for which the file history will be kept.
Windows SmartScreen – remember Internet Explorer’s SmartScreen which notifies the user when a piece of application or software is being downloaded and has a poor rating. Now, this feature is now a native on Windows 8 system. WIndows SmartScreen will react if the user tries to run an application which has a poor rating or not yet validated to be a trusted one. Whether your into Firefox, Opera, Chrome or other web browser, Windows SmartScreen will always react.
Windows Defender – from a simple spyware removal, turned into a fully anti-malware feature natively running on you Windows 8 system. Windows Defender is running the machinery of Microsoft Security Essentials (a free anti-malware from Microsoft). Generally speaking, this will protect you. But you may still install other anti-malware software – if so, remember to disable Windows Defender.
Account Integration – Skype, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft Account, Twitter, Google – basically, these are the online/cloud service providers you may integrate on you Windows. Cool isn’t?
Hyper-V Client – if you’re a enthusiast, you may probably love this. You don’t need to download and install third-party applications for virtualization for testing new operating systems or applications, such as Oracle’s VM VirtualBox, VMware, and etc.
Charm Bar – Search, Share, Devices & Settings: all in one place – hiding on the right of your screen.
Native SkyDrive App – easily share your SkyDrive files on Mail, Facebook & Twitter.
Mail App – generally speaking, you won’t be needing to install a mail client. You may add your e-mail accounts from Yahoo Mail, Microsoft’s Outlook and Google’s Gmail.
Remote Desktop App – this tile app is downloadable through Store app published by Microsoft itself. This tile application provides the users the capability to remotely manage/configure multiple computers across your network. Compared to the native Remote Desktop application, this is more straight forward. Personally speaking, I find Remote Desktop App very useful as I manage/configure multiple computers across the office’s network.
Internet Explorer 10 – almost identical to its predecessor, Internet Explorer 9. But it’s quite faster (based on my personal experience)
Built-in Adobe Flash Plug-in – right after installing Windows 8, you may start watching YoutTube videos. Though it’s a best practice to update the built in Adobe Flash plug-in.
Built-in Screen Capture – you will never use Paint again just to capture your screen – the old-fashioned keyboard strokes, Prtsc then open Paint and paste the captured image. Now, on Windows 8, you just have to press (Fn) + Windows Orb (logo) + Prtsc. Windows 8 will create a folder on your Picture library placing in all of your screenshots.