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Windows 8 was released on October 26, 2012 and is now available to the general public. It was said to have over 300 features that Windows 7 did not. Here are some more features that you may want to know about if you are considering upgrading to Windows 8. (Features You Should Know Before Switching To Windows 8 Pt. 1)
Note: items that are italicized are from the official website of Microsoft.
Everything you care about most is on the new Start screen. Tiles on the Start screen are connected to people, apps, folders, photos, or websites, and are alive with the latest info, so you’re up to date at a glance.
Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. This allows IT organizations to support the “Bring Your Own PC” trend and businesses can give contingent staff access to the corporate environment without compromising security.
Sync your files across computers. If you want to be able to access certain files on all your computers (PC or Mac), install the SkyDrive desktop app on them. This creates a SkyDrive folder on your computers. Just save files in that folder—any changes you make will be synced across your other computers and SkyDrive.com.
Parents can set up accounts for their children, allowing them to breathe easier regarding the children’s safety online. A feature called Family Safety will keep track of the activities your children do and alert you to what they are doing in real time. If you connect their account to yours, you can opt to get a weekly report about their online habits. Parents also have the option to set up time limits, app restrictions, and web filters.
Windows 8 comes with a new store for apps, the Windows Store. Open the Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and a lot more—many of them free.
Windows 8 is perfect for PCs with only a mouse and keyboard, those with touchscreens, and those with both. Whatever kind of PC you have, you’ll discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.
The Xbox Music app is included in Windows 8, giving you access to loads of music.
Searching for anything on Windows 8 is made easier. Simply type in some text and a search box will appear and show you results. It is much stronger than any other versions of Windows and will display all the matching files and apps instantly.
No matter where you are in Windows 8 or Windows RT, the charms help you do the things you do most often, like search, share links and photos, connect devices, and change settings. What you can do with the charms can change depending on if you’re on the Start screen or using an app, so start exploring.
Sharing is everywhere in Windows 8 and Windows RT. Share photos, directions, contacts, links, and whatever else you want from your apps. Share with people or share between apps. When you get together with friends, you can stream whatever is on your PC to a TV or other device. You can even share things like photos, games, or contact info directly with the person next to you just by tapping your devices together.
There’s a lot of content you can stream from your personal media collection, such as the music and movies that you’ve made, music you legally own, and your own photos. Copyright laws prohibit streaming and broadcasting certain content, such as commercially produced video. If you’re legally allowed to share it, Windows lets you stream it.