Windows 8, codenamed Midori is a version of Microsoft Windows released October 26, 2012 and is one of the biggest changes Microsoft has made to their operating system since Windows 95. It features some new programming and technology to allow it to run quicker and provide a better look and feel to users. It will not only be available for desktop and laptop computers, but it will also be available to some tablet computers. Windows 8 includes a tablet interface, called Metro, which is compatible with touch-screen displays, like those on a tablet computer. Users can still use the standard windows desktop interface as well, if they prefer. Below is an example of the new Windows 8 Start screen, which replaces the start button.
Windows 8 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions and include Internet Explorer 10, as well as natively support USB 3.0. Users will have the option of using a Microsoft account to login to Windows 8 or even two other new authentication methods (picture password and PIN log in). The standard Task Manager has been redesigned, as has the Windows Defender security software, which will include anti-virus capabilities. Microsoft has also built Windows 8 to integrate with Xbox Live. To run Windows 8, a computer will need to have a 1GHz or higher processor, 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) of RAM, 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit) of available hard drive storage and a DirectX 9 or higher graphics card.
Windows 8 system requirements
1GHz processor or faster
32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
1GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2GB of RAM for 64-bit
16GB of hard drive space for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher.