Windows 8 General Availability in October 2012

Posted by Amar on January - 14 - 2012

Microsoft is aiming for October to release the commercial version of Windows 8, based on comments attributed to a Microsoft spokeswoman at CES.

During a demo of the new operating system, public relations director of the Windows Business Group Janelle Poole said, “Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7.

Microsoft has been reluctant to say exactly when it will release Windows 8, but Poole seemed ready to offer a strong hint. “We haven’t talked about the release date and we generally don’t. We are talking milestone to milestone, so for us right now we’re talking about the next milestone being the consumer preview happening in late February,” she says.

Windows 8 will feature touchscreen navigation and commands as well as support for tablets. Not all apps that run on Windows 7 will be compatible with the touchscreen capabilities, but mouse and keyboard devices will enable all apps that ran on Windows 7.

The new operating system shoots for power efficiency, better security and compatibility with ARM-based chips (read tablets and next-generation PCs), all of which could make Windows 8 attractive to businesses.

Windows 8 Features & Specifications :

  • the possibility of restoring the factory settings without reinstalling Windows or touch the personal files of the user;
  • a dynamic 3D interface (code-named “Wind”) for 64-bit processors and / or high configurations;
  • interface “Aero Lite” (which would replace the current Basic theme) for small configurations and / or with a 32-bit processors;
  • support shelves with the ARM architecture mobile (confirmed by Microsoft );
  • an application store similar to the Ubuntu archive or Mac App Store (confirmed by Microsoft );
  • Ribbon type interface in Windows Explorer like Microsoft Office from version 2007 ;
  • a new home screen right out of that of Windows 7 Phone is also expected (confirmed by Microsoft);
  • Automatic colorization Aero theme, option to automatically adjust the color of transparent areas based on the wallpaper used;
  • mounting ISO images natively integrated ;
  • a new feature called “History Vault” that would automate the backup of important files in the user locally on the network or on an external hard drive. This feature would be the equivalent of Time Machine on Mac OS X;
  • a platform for push notifications for Windows ;
  • a new integrated tool for making screenshots (no further details at this time);
  • Catch a dedicated application using the webcam (no further details at this time);
  • the integration of Tiles (tiles) dynamic(confirmed by Microsoft );
  • the Professional version, the feature named “Portable Workspace ‘which would, if you connect a USB key (over 16 GB), the system creates a specific version of himself in order to be executed prior everywhere ;
  • the “Hybrid boot” that would reduce the time to restart Windows after closing 8. A feature that would replace the usual closure procedure to replace it and use the advanced hibernation;
  • the “Streaming Manager” which is similar to Click-to-run (start with just one click) to Office 2010. To use a click-to-run, the necessary elements are downloaded as a priority in order to start running while the rest continues to be downloaded in the background;
  • a new Task Manager that would end a task more easily and offer a redesigned interface;
  • support files PDF natively integrated ;
  • Aero theme for the safe mode (which was in its earlier versions than Windows Classic);
  • minor modifications, in the creation of an account that now shows “Local Administrator”;
  • change of “avatar” would become the change “look”;
  • The service center would host a novelty, Genuine Activation (Activation Center Windows);
  • a pattern for touch screens (password combination with visual);
  • UAC (User Account Control) have changed slightly;
  • an icon appears on the bottom right of the hour which means a shortcut to lock the computer, log off, switch users, etc..;
  • Xbox Live will be present (confirmed by Microsoft).
  • One way to read the Xbox 360.

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