New User Interface
Windows 8 utilizes a new user interface based on Microsoft’s “Metro design language”. Similar to Microsoft phones, the operating system features a tile based start screen. The tiles represent apps that can present relevant information such as the number of unread messages on an email app or the current temperature on a weather app. Apps will be available for download or purchase in the Windows Store.
You can now log into Windows using a Microsoft account. This allows the user’s profile and settings to be synchronized via the Internet and accessed from other computers employing Windows 8, as well as integration with SkyDrive. You can now use a flash drive to boot and run the Windows 8 Enterprise because of Windows To Go.
New Authentication Methods
Bored with just typing in your password? Microsoft created two new authentication methods. You now can use picture password where you log in by drawing three gestures in different places on a picture. However you can keep it simple by logging in using a four digit pin or using a regular password method. Two new recovery functions were added, Refresh and Reset. Refresh restores all Windows files to their original state while maintaining settings, files, and Metro-style apps. Reset, however, reverts the computer back to the factory default condition. The Task Manager has been redesigned and the lock screen now displays a clock and notifications when in use. The Family Safety feature will allow parents to protect their children on the internet in addition to monitoring and controlling their usage and activities on the computer.
With all these new features it is hard not to be excited! Mark your calendars and get ready- Windows 8 is coming to town! To learn more about SADA Systems visit www.sadasystems.com.