Windows 8 RTM Build 9200 / 8.1
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What's new in Windows 8 8.1 Preview:
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Enhancements:
- Workplace Join
- A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not. If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms. This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing access, allowing a user to work on the device of their choice and still have access to corporate resources With Workplace Join, IT administrators now have the ability to offer finer-grained control to corporate resources. If a user registers their device, IT can grant some access while still enforcing some governance parameters on the device.
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Windows 8 was launched in several editions and you can buy the one that suits your needs best. Windows 8 can be purchased via this link, and upgrading to the Pro license requires buying Windows 8 Pro Pack. Windows 8 Pro features additional protection due to BitLocker and the PC can host a Remote Desktop Connection; it can be bought via this link. Students who are currently running a genuine copy of XP, Vista or 7 can upgrade to Windows 8 for a discounted price.
You can also purchase Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro for Students.
Windows 8 was launched in October 2012, and it is the first operating system developed by Microsoft that aims to bring the same user experience on desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones (via Windows Phone 8).
While its user interface might not seem too different from the one of Windows 7, it still comes with some modifications, including the removal of the Aero transparency and of the rounded corners, as well as implementation of the ribbon-style look for Windows Explorer.
One of the greatest changes is related to the Start Screen which replaces the Start Menu altogether, as the installed applications can be accessed using their dedicated tiles. The Modern UI (initially called the Metro UI) also includes a so-called Charms Bar which displays a vertical toolbar to the right side of the screen, allowing people to share data, open the Control Panel and access the power options.
In addition to the traditional way of downloading and installing programs, Windows 8 users can also rely on the Windows Store, an online resource of numerous apps compatible with the OS, similar to the way other mobile marketplaces function – when using this online platform, users are no longer required to download the app first, as it gets automatically installed.
Another innovation of Windows 8 is its faster boot mode, based on a technology called UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) and which can only be activated on computers with specialized hardware. UEFI is basically meant as a replacement for the old BIOS firmware interface and it helps PC open much faster than before.
In addition to USB 3.0 support, integration with Windows Live accounts and synchronization between all PCs belonging to the same account, along with the Windows To Go feature, Windows 8 has a lot more to offer to its users who are willing to give it a try.
Windows 8 was reviewed by Giorgiana Arghire, last updated on July 31st, 2014
Runs on: Windows 8 / 8 64 bit
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