Windows 8 released on October 26, 2012 @ £49.99
What do people think of this, I dont like the look of it myself
Welcome to the Windows 8 Release Preview. Windows has been re-imagined to focus on your life. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight laptops, to PCs and large, powerful all-in-ones with high-definition screens. It’s smooth, intuitive, and gives you instant access to your people, apps, and stuff, so you spend less time searching and more time doing. You’ll love browsing through the Windows Store and downloading apps to help you work more efficiently, or installing the latest games so you can compete with friends. Apps can work together, too, so you can share photos, maps, contacts, links, and whatever else you want. No matter what you want to do, you can get it done quickly in Windows 8. Whether you’re completing a project, playing a game, or reading a book, with Windows 8, you can use touch, mouse, and keyboard together—seamlessly—to do what you want, the way you want. No need to choose one or the other. It starts quickly and it’s cloud-connected so you can access your photos, documents, and settings on any Windows 8 PC.
Windows 8 is Cloud-Connected
Your Microsoft account is like a portable, personal PC that appears on any Windows device you’re using. Sign in to your Windows 8 device with your Microsoft account and you’re immediately connected to the people, files, and settings you care about. Your PC comes to life with all the things that make Windows yours, including your Start page, themes, language preferences, browsing History
, and browser favorites. You can connect your favorite services to your Microsoft account, too—services like Microsoft Hotmail, Microsoft Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. And you can immediately get to your photos, docs, and other files, whether they’re on Microsoft SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, or other services.
Your Windows Everywhere
Sign in and your Windows 8 device becomes yours because your personalization, desktop background, and settings are all there. Whether you set it up once just the way you want it or change it often, when you sign in even a brand-new PC lights up with everything that makes Windows yours. And anyone you share your Windows 8 PC with can have their own personalized, cloud-connected access by signing in with their own Microsoft account. Start a project on one PC, and finish it on another. When you use the cloud to store your information, the boundaries between devices dissolve. Your apps, games, music, photos, files, and settings aren’t stored on one device because they’re in one place: the cloud. Sign in to any of your Windows 8 PCs and access all of your stuff from virtually anywhere.
All The Apps You Want
Apps are the heart of Windows 8. You’ll be able to get up to speed quickly with a set of built-in apps for the things you do the most. Designed for your connected lifestyle, these apps integrate with the services you already use.
With Windows 8, your entire PC is cloud-connected. You’ll have new Microsoft Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, Photos, People, and Messaging apps that are connected to services like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter just by adding them to your Microsoft account.
Apps Work Together
In Windows 8, apps work together so you can share information between them and streamline your work. For example, the Photos and Mail apps are connected, so you can select a picture from an album in your Photos app and email it to one of your contacts with a single click. No more opening your mail separately and attaching the picture. You can enable apps to include content from SkyDrive, share with your contacts in the People app, and send mail to people you know.
Windows on a Wide Range of Hardware
With Windows 8, you don’t have to choose between a fun touch device and a hard-working PC because you can have it both ways. Prefer a mouse and keyboard? Great. Prefer touch? Enjoy the convenience. Windows 8 will run on amazing hardware, from tablets to laptops to all-in-ones with large, high-definition screens. Whether you like to stay put or work on the go, you can enjoy the power, convenience, and versatility of Windows.
Windows 8 has the flexibility you need. It combines the convenience and mobility of a tablet with the productivity of a laptop or PC and gives you a great experience—practically anywhere.
Windows 8 is designed to deliver a great experience across many different devices, from ultra-fast desktops to low-power tablets. Because Windows 8 can run on low-power CPUs, you can work much longer on a single charge. That means you can stay connected so your PC is ready when you are. Battery life is longer and connections are stronger so you’ll be able to find a device to suit you for work or play. Lower power requirements are also helped by the growing number of energy-efficient devices that are designed to work with Windows 8. Share between devices. Tap and Do works on mobile devices equipped with Near Field Communications (NFC) so you can tap two devices together and share information. Tap and Setup is another feature available with Windows 8 that lets you easily connect wireless devices, like keyboards, mice, headphones, and speakers by simply tapping them against your PC. No more PINs or complicated setup steps!
More Options for Devices
Windows senses compatible wireless printers, TVs, speakers, and Xboxes on your home network and makes them ready to use automatically.
Built on a Solid Foundation
Most people don’t think about what’s under the hood—and you certainly don’t need to with Windows 8. You can rest assured that Windows 8 has the flexibility to meet your needs. It runs on different hardware systems, such as ultra-thin, ultra-light, and all-in-ones, so you can choose a device that suits you. If you’re used to working with apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, they’ll run smoothly with the full power of Windows on the Windows 8 desktop. From the desktop, all the familiar Windows 7 apps and devices are at your fingertips. It’s just as efficient as Windows 7, and it’s got the performance you expect from Windows.
You’ll notice improved performance and system reliability. Even on lower-power systems, Windows 8 is responsive. Your PC starts quickly, your apps run faster, and you’re more secure from start to finish.
Getting going with Windows 8 is a breeze. Windows 8 automatically supports a wide range of devices, including printers, cameras, media players, and displays. It’s designed so when you plug in your device, it works. If a device has a companion app and you’ve turned on device companion apps during setup, you’ll receive the app automatically so you can share photos, connect with friends, and much more. And because Windows requires less memory, there’s more room to run your apps.
Many apps are better when you’re connected. Windows helps keep you connected by switching to the network with the best quality so you can have a great experience with your PC. Windows 8 provides a number of new features that make it effortless to connect your PC to available networks and help keep you connected as you change locations. Windows 8 connects to one network at a time and prioritizes networks that are typically less expensive and faster. Windows also automatically switches you from a lower-prioritized network to a higher-prioritized network, if one becomes available.
Windows Defender provides antimalware protection so you can be more secure from start up to shut down. If you don’t have another malware scanner installed, Defender monitors and helps protect your PC against viruses and other malware in real time and detects and removes malware if your PC becomes infected. Windows 8 provides new ways for antimalware software to reduce its impact on system performance. Windows 8 manages antimalware software to help keep your PC safe while keeping an eye on performance.
Windows 8 Release Preview is Here
From start to finish, we’ve re-imagined Windows. It works the way you do and it keeps you connected to the people, websites, and things you love most. Apps are at the heart of Windows 8. Beautifully designed for your connected lifestyle, apps integrate with the services you already use. Keep in touch with friends, browse the web, and store data in the cloud. It’s all possible. No matter how you work and play, you can customize Windows 8 and work the way you want, whenever you want. Made for business and home PCs, Windows 8 can handle your tasks. And if you’re a developer, the Windows Store provides you with unprecedented opportunity.