Windows 8 is the next version of Windows which succeeds Windows 7.
Windows 8 introduces many new features, here are some of the highlights :
Windows 8 introduces a new user experience based on their design language called Metro first implemented in the Windows Phone 7 SmartPhone Operating System. According to Microsoft, “it shows the information important to you,
embodies simplicity, and gives you control. The interface is a personalized layout with clean typography and animations to make interacting with your PC fluid and intuitive. The new interface is built for touch. With touch, you can do what you want to do quickly
and naturally. The new Start screen puts all of your apps in front of you for immediate access. You don’t have to remember where things are. And whether you want to type, click, or swipe, Windows 8 is optimized for easier navigation so moving around the operating
system is effortless with either a finger, or a mouse and keyboard.
In the classic desktop application, Windows 8 introduces the Ribbon user interface to the Windows Explorer shell. History Vault, a new feature which builds
on top of Previous Versions introduced in Windows Vista will allow you to back up your file changes to an external hard disk, along with the ability to selectively restore them; File History will also integrate with HomeGroups. System Reset will allow users
to reset a Windows 8 installation to its default factory install with the option to selectively remove applications, personal files and settings or both. Windows. The new upgrade experience will allow you to upgrade with the option of keeping applications,
personal files or not. Windows 8 features an enhanced deployment experience with install time estimated at 10 mins, this is still a work in progress and many of the features mentioned so far are preliminary and are in the prototype stages.
Whether you have a logo PC or you’ve built your own PC, the recommendations for the Consumer Preview include:
1 GHz or faster processor
1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
One new element to Windows 8 is the requirement that Metro style applications have a minimum of 1024x768 screen resolution, and 1366x768 for the snap feature. If you attempt to launch a Metro style app with less than this resolution (e.g. 800x600, 1024x600)
you will receive an error message.