Microsoft launches Windows 8 Developer Preview
Microsoft launched the new version of Windows Operating System, the Developer Preview of Windows 8. The main features of this new version of Windows OS is the user interface, which has been highly redesigned keeping in mind optimization based on touch screen usage as well as mice and keyboard usage. It is having various graphical customizations which we saw in Windows 7. The new METRO UI has been included, something we saw in Windows Phone 7.
With this version, Microsoft has introduced a new start screen like that of the Windows Phone 7.
It has an option to switch between customized desktop and regular desktop by selecting the desktop tile. The windows 8 user interface has been highly developed on HTML5 and Java Script platforms. In this version, applications run on full screen resolution, but with the added feature of running two windows parallel using the swap tool. The various new applications demoed on this version are the stock tracking application, weather application and RSS feed applications, etc. This new version is designed primarily for screen resolutions 16:9 with 1366 x 768 with the ability to display various windows applications.
This new version of Windows OS will be using OEM version activation 3.0 while that used in earlier Windows version was OEM version 2.1. The main advantage of OEM 3.0 is that it makes things less easy to "crack."
A new additional feature of Windows 8 is the lock screen option which shows only the date and time and keeps the screen locked. This new version of OS will also include the Hyper V Virtualization Tool, but not available for the client machines initially. Systems should have a 64 bit processor for 64 bit Windows 8 OS and a minimum RAM of 4 GB to support the Hyper V Virtualization Tool.Continued on the next page