Windows 8. It’s a new operating system from Microsoft. It’s fast and fluid. Awesome UI and totally new design! Good news is that, Microsoft is unveiling the Windows 8 RT Tablet with own hardware called Surface.
I was bowled with the UI. It needs special mention, because it was an innovation. It totally changed the looks and feel of Windows. Thanks to Microsoft for designing this great product.
When Windows 8 first announced in BUILD conference, i was surprised on how it’s goanna be! Not again Windows Vista. But it was totally different and was great!
When i started installing Windows 8, it was very fast. Installation was done in 20 minutes and I’m logged in to Windows 8 and started using it. It’s worth mentioning that the Installation was pretty smooth and user friendly.
Though Windows 8 is releasing on October 26th, Microsoft made Windows 8 available to developers and enterprise customers on August 15th in the form of Windows Enterprise Evaluation download – Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation
Are you excited? Are you sure you want your hands get dirty with Windows 8, then go ahead and download the the Windows Enterprise version from the above link.
NOTE: You can install Windows 8 on VHD, check this link for more information.
Windows 8 for consumers
Microsoft Account – Now you can configure your Windows 8 with Microsoft account(previously Hotmail / Live account). With Microsoft account, you can now sync the contacts, Messaging(Facebook, Twitter, Linked In), Calendar etc.,
Mail is built in to Windows 8. Thanks to Microsoft for this amazing feature. You can now configure your mails accounts – Gmail, Hotmail etc., in Windows 8 with out any hassle.
SkyDrive is an amazing app, which allows you to store your multimedia content in the cloud. Microsoft offers approx. 25 GB of space per account.
XBOX – It’s my all time favourite. Now you can play XBOX games in your Windows 8. It’s amazing!
Bing – Microsoft powerful search engine now comes to Windows 8. Awesome UI. Especially you got to try Image search! Believe me you will definitely love it!
IE 10 – Much advanced browser. Great support for HTML 5 and CSS 3. You will love surfing the web sites in IE 10! More protection from phishing, Tracking and fake websites!
Windows Store – Great apps. Installing an app is pretty easy. Though it has few number, but going big.
Picture Password – Now you unlock your Windows 8 pc in a way, by connecting dots on the picture! It’s totally new way of unlocking the PC, than the traditional password or using biometric sensors!
Windows 8 for developers
Windows 8 is now touch enabled. No more keyboard and mouse, now you can operate Windows by hand. That’s awesome. May be it’s a tablet or laptop or computer(Should have touch capability). Now you can create awesome apps by using Windows 8 SDK. Create once and run it on multiple devices, yes what you read is absolutely right. App created for Windows 8 tablet can be installed on a Tablet, laptop or computer too!
Great development environment – Visual Studio 2012, totally designed to created great apps for Windows 8. Good news is that VS 2012 Express Edition is totally free and you can download it today to get started – Download VS 2012 Express
Resources to get started –
NOTE: In order create apps for Windows 8, you need to have developer license which can be brought from Microsoft – License
Though i have mentioned some features, there are lot many features for consumers as well as developers to explore, which i leave it to you to explore
Finally, I wish Windows 8 great success and looking forward to write some cool articles!