Sep 13, 2011
Microsoft just announced that Windows 8 beta release will be today 20:00 Pacific time ( 03:00 am GMT ). If your interested of Microsoft new product Windows 8 then get ready to download it from dev.windows.com.
Windows 8 is the codename of the next version of Microsoft Windows, a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, servers and media center PCs.
Its user interface has been changed to make it better suitable for touchscreen input in addition to the traditional mouse and keyboard input.
The main feature that was shown is the extensively redesigned user interface, optimized for touchscreens as well as mice and keyboards. A new “Start screen”, similar to the one inWindows Phone 7, includes live application tiles. It replaces the Start menu, being triggered by the Start button or Windows key, and is also the first screen shown on startup. The user can go to the regular desktop by choosing the “Desktop” tile or a traditional desktop-based application. The Start screen also displays the user’s name and avatar.
The new interface is primarily designed for 16:9 screen resolutions, with 1366×768 and larger screens able to display two Windows 8 applications. 1024×768 screens can display one Windows 8 application in full-screen, and 1024×600 screens can only use the traditional Windows desktop.
Mike Angiulo confirmed at Computex 2011 that Windows 8 will use OEM Activation 3.0 instead of OEM Activation 2.1 (used by Windows 7), which supposedly makes it less prone to cracks.
Windows 8 features a new lock screen that shows the date and time and notifications, along with a customisable background.
Windows 8 will also include Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization tool. Previously only offered in Windows Server, Hyper-V will now be available in client versions of Windows for the first time. The system requirements for Hyper-V are a 64-bit processor, a 64-bit version of Windows 8, and a minimum of 4 GB of RAM. Hyper-V also requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), a feature that helps with memory management. Many of Intel’s and AMD’s recent processors support this feature, including many of Intel’s i-Series processors (with Extended Page Table) and AMD’s 10h family processors.
On September 8, 2011, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 has short boot times, because it saves the kernel‘s memory to the hard disk on shutdown (similar to the existing Hibernate option) and reloads it on startup.