Windows 8 Features, System Requirements & Release Date

Microsoft’s Windows is one of the most successful and most used OS in the world. With Windows 7 bagging a huge success in the market, the next big challenge for Microsoft is to come up with a better version of Windows with new features, in order to continue fighting with its competitors like Apple and Ubuntu.

Microsoft has been constantly working to make the next version of Windows a better one by further improving the existing features along with including some great new features.

Windows 8 Features

Hybrid Booting and Portable Workspaces

The hybrid booting features is an evolution of the existing “hibernate” features, which is designed to mainly reduce the boot time. The feature lets its users to boot the OS within seconds. Reports indicate that Hybrid Boot reduced the startup time on systems to about 20 seconds.

Portable Workspaces allow you to store Windows on your USB drive and run it on multiple computers. However, this requires at least 16 GB of storage capacity to store the required files.

Windows 8 User Interface

The UI of Windows 8 is simply mind blowing and I’m quite that you will love it. The redesigned UI called the “Metro-style” design makes it easier for you access information and also gives full control over it.

Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft stated: “Everything that’s great about Windows 7, is better in Windows 8,” gave a quick hands on look at the Windows 8 user-interface. Here are some of the screenshots she released:

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Demo

Windows 8 Minimum System Requirements

It is reported that Windows 8 is expected to have the same system requirements as Windows 7 and will run on excising PCs/laptops that run Windows 7

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
  • HD Space: 16GB (32-bit_ or 20GB (64-bit)

Windows 8 Release Date

Microsoft has already released the developer version of Windows 8 allowing you to explore the OS. However, the OS is currently released in pre-beta and not all the features are included in it. You can download Windows 8 for free and install it on your PC. The following release comes in three different packages:

If the above links are not working, then click here to go to the official download page.
System Requiretments for Windows 8 Developer Preview:
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (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
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
  • To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater
To install Windows 8, then download the latest version of VirtualBox. Using VirtualBox, create a New Virtual Machine Wizard and follow the steps provided.

Note: You can’t uninstall the Windows 8 Developer Preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you must reinstall it from restore or installation media.

We can expect a stable release of the OS sometime in early 2012.

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