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Old 28th Feb 2012, 17:00   #15
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Here are some key new features of Win8:

- No more start menu.
- New Start screen (Metro tiles thing): About it: It cannot be disabled. It replaced the start menu. Items can be grouped with the ability to creating group names. Also, Tiles are live update like on Windows Phone 7, and are movable

What I am scared with the above is the following:

- OEM will use it to show ads. So ads tiles if you will
- Once you install your system, you'll have 200 "uninstall" items in there, which you'll need to remove one by one... because the Start screen, grabs wtv a setup puts on the start menu (compatibility). And if a programs dumps read me file, folder links, help documents.. welll that will be a serious pain.
- ARM version (OEM will have it only, will only work on specific hardware)
- Ribbon bar on all explorer windows, in desktop mode
- IE on Metro mode (Tablets), does not support pluggins, you'll have to switch to desktop mode. A pop-up will show and allow you to do the switch, automatically. HTML5 (and older) only.
- IE10
- New file system (Server edition only), called ReFS
- New multiple language support, and installation for what it look like to be available without the need of any additional disk, and all editions (or at least Home Premium and up). We have to wait and see.
- Different accounts can have different languages from my understanding. But don't wuote me on that.
- New languages available
- New task manager
- No more Start button
- Chimes (side screen menu items)
- Auto switch between wireless and wired Ethernet system
- Auto switch between 3G/LTE to wireless when detected system
- If you have a 3G/LTE or similar cellphone connection for internet, Windows will show you how much you downloaded, and provide service provide specific panel for getting additional information or service change (or wtv they want to give as options/features)

- Software RAID system to expend storage. Kinda like Windows Home Server had.. but redone to work well.
- Built-in Facebook/Twitter/Windows Live thing services, and expendable. So basically, if you want to select a file to open, you can select "facebook", or "skydrive", and you pick your picture/file from there (in your account). This was only demoed in Metro mode
- Built-in Skydrive
- Improved accessibility features
- Accessibility system for tablets, and new OS layout
- Optimizations to improve power efficiency.
- New sensor technology engine, which combines all sensors into one, so simplify developers live by a lot, and make all sensor a lot better (each downside of every sensor type, is compensated by using information from another sensor type)

- Restore your PC at manufacture release. This is great as OEM are too cheap to give you the OS disk. You do this in Windows 8, on the control panel, which is great. They are 2 different restoration modes. One that affects your personal data and programs, and the other doesn't.
- Picture Password log-in (great for tablets)
- Sync your OS settings (or some of them, like log-in icon, background, theme), between your different computers.
- Windows 8 app store
- Improvements to minimize restarts on Windows updates.
- non-intrusive update system. Basically you don't know when it does an update, unless you manually show up the Windows Update panel in desktop mode.
- Background Metro applications auto-pause/sleep when on idle on the back (like cellphones) to save power. It does allow these application to continuously play music, get event notification, and several other things.. so you don't have to worry about that.
- New file conflict management
- New file transfer management system (cause pause/resume transfers)
- New file transfer speed and progress detail pane (with graph)
- Support 64+ processors, and the new task bar layout shows a different layout to fit all in a nice layout, instead of a lot of small rectangles, as it is now.
- Task Manager will show startup programs
- Task Manager will show startup program and their impact on your system (low, medium or high, and can disable them from there)
- Full UEFI native support
- New boot experience
- Improved malware protection and detection.
- Hyper-V on non-Server edition, and has a lot of improvements
- ISO and VHD support and mounting
- Faster Boot
- Native USB 3.0 support
- Lot's of bug fixes and improvements
That is all that we know so far. So it quiet a long list.
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