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The new version of Windows, code name “Windows 8” has a tentative release date for Fall of this year.  So what can we expect from this new operating system?  Let’s take a look at some of the top productivity features in Windows 8.

New and Beautiful User Interface

Windows 8 introduces a new Metro style interface, which shows the information important to you and gives you control.  The interface is a personalized layout that is intuitive and 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 is effortless with either a finger, mouse and keyboard.

New Start Screen

The new start screen gives you a fasst way to interact with all of your apps and content.  The tiles are alive with information, showing you what’s going on at any time.  Information that you care about – the weather, your next calendar appointment, your email, your friends status updates – is all there at a glance.  You can personalize your Start screen with shortcuts to your favorite things, like websites, a playlist, or photo album.  You decide where you want things on the screen and how you want them grouped.

Improved file copy feature

Windows 8 will introduce a new file copy dialog box.  Currently every copy operation has its own dialog box that shows you a single progress bar which is not always accurate.  The new copy dialog box will put all current copy operations into a single dialog box where you can check their progress and pause / resume them.  You will also have access to a more detailed report that shows the file transfer rate of each file copy.

Powered by apps

Metro style apps built for Windows 8 are beautiful, intuitive, and the focal point of your experience.  Apps can adapt to a variety of form factors and screen resolutions, such as phones, tablets or large monitors.  Apps work together, making it easy to search, share, and send content between them.  When you’re connected to the Internet, your apps come alive with activity and show you the latest content so that you can stay up to date at a glance.

Apps can work together

Apps can communicate with each other in Windows 8.  So, if you want to send pictures in email, and they’re in different places like Facebook, Flickr, or on your hard drive, you can easily pick and send the ones you want.

Always on and always connected

Metro style apps run and stay up to date even when the PC is on standby.  When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll receive information updates, email, VoIP calls, instant messages, and be able to stream music or other content in the background.  When Windows comes out of standy, your apps don’t need time to catch up.

An App Store

The new Windows Store will feature thousands of apps.  They will make if easy by grouping apps in familiar categories, highlighting frequently downloaded apps, and showing how other users have rated what they’ve purchased.  For many apps you will be able to try before you buy and will be able to install your purchased apps on up to five Windows 8 PCs.

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Published on 17th February 2012 by Jeanne DeWitt.

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