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tablets as well. Microsoft is introducing the Metro
Know by
interface it popularized with Windows Phone into
Windows 8. Users can access the Metro view or the
familiar desktop view with a simple click or tap.
To work well on tablets, Windows 8 has been de-
signed for touchscreens. More importantly, it has
been designed to work on ARM-based processors.
ARM technology runs most of the smartphones and
tablets in the world. ARM chips are simply better
suited for these smaller form factors due to their
energy efficiency. Even the Apple A5, the chip that
powers the iPad 2, contains a dual-core ARM Cor-
tex-A9 CPU. The result is that Windows 8 will work
on almost any device you put it on. It works with
keyboards and touchscreens, and it doesn't matter
if a device has an Intel, AMD or ARM processor.
Microsoft says it is "reinventing the OS" with Win-
This makes Windows 8 a versatile OS in a world
dows 8, the company's next-generation operating
where the desktop no longer dominates.
system. Microsoft fired off dozens of announcements
and showed off countless features of the new OS
2) Everything Is Faster on Windows
at its Build conference in Anaheim, California.
Features such as the Metro interface, support for
touchscreens, improved performance and a Win-
Windows 8 boasts vast performance improvements
dows Store for apps are making headlines. But which
over its predecessors. The memory footprint has
Windows 8 features are the most important ones?
been reduced, the boot time has been decreased
We've scoured the Windows 8 feature list, played
(Windows 8 boots up in less than eight seconds) and
with Windows 8 devices (our first impressions co-
the Metro UI launches apps almost instantly. The OS
ming soon), and come up with a list of features that
also supports USB 3.0 and Hyper-V. The result is a
we believe define Microsoft's next-generation OS.
slick OS that's as fast as iOS and Mac OS X Lion. Most
Without further ado, here are the top four things
people will be surprised by how quickly Windows 8
you need to know about Windows 8:
starts up or runs apps. We certainly were surprised.
1) Windows 8 Works on Tablets,

Laptops & Desktops
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Windows 8 will have an app store. This shouldn't
be a surprise to anybody. The rise of Apple's iOS

App Store has launched a wave of app store mania
across the tech ecosystem. Microsoft also gave away
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deck last year. Still, the inclusion of a Windows Store
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provides new business opportunities for developers.
It creates an incentive for developers to build Me-
tro-style apps that could potentially sell well on the
world's most popular OS. And it's a clear indication
that Microsoft doesn't intend to give up any ground
to Apple and its App Store.
4) Metro & Touch Are the Future of
Windows 8 was designed with touchscreens in mind.
And while the OS works just fine with a keyboard
and a mouse, Microsoft touted the Metro UI as the fu-
ture of the OS. Yes, Windows 8 includes the familiar
desktop UI. And yes, you can install your standard
desktop apps (the first app I installed on my Win-
dows 8 tablet? Firefox). However, the real magic of
the OS occurs when you're swiping through the tile
interface, launching games, launching the Charms
bar and interacting with the device via touch. Mi-
crosoft isn't allowing itself to be stuck in the Stone
Age. It knows the future of computing is mobile.
It knows less people will be sitting at desktops to
do their work and will carry around ultralights or
tablets instead. That's what Microsoft is betting on.
If Apple's trying to pioneer the touch-based OS with
iOS, Microsoft is trying to perfect it. The company is
making a radical bet with the next version of Win-
dows. We have to give the company credit: It's not
afraid to take a big risk in order to make a comeback.

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