Top 8 Expected Features of Windows 8

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Never has so much been at stake for Microsoft in a single product release. After the successful launch of Windows 7 in 2009, the company continues to rule the desktop, but has faltered in the emerging tablet space. The next version of its popular operating system, codenamed Windows 8, is designed to bridge the gap between PCs and slates, but will it be enough to help the world’s leading software company catch up to its competitors in the mobile space when it launches sometime in 2012?

Just as important, will Windows 8 have the kind of compelling features that made Windows 7 a must-have upgrade for consumers and businesses alike? We've gathered together the top 8 announced or rumored features of Microsoft's upcoming OS so you can decide for yourself.

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • P Lehner Says:

    "With more money than brains, Microsoft is praying this misstep is better than Windows 7 which hasn’t been accepted by users. So instead of fixing 7 they whip up 8 while 7 is lying in the street dying a slow death. How many competing and worthless operating systems can they confuse the market with?"

    What a weird statement.
    Since about April there has been a constant stream of articles stating "Windows 7 the fastest selling OS ever".

    I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed (and I have used Fedora and CentOS).
    Linux might be technically superior, but it's not easier to use.

    Mac OSX isn't perfect either judging by the comments from Mac users on articles about Mac.
    Allegedly Lion has LDAP authentication problems and file sharing problems with Windows and Linux.

  • What a Annoying Articl! Says:

    I agree with "Wast of Time Say:". Who designed the webpage anyway? I'll give second thoughts to reading any article from "Laptopmag.com", next time.

  • Waste of Time Says:

    Could you make articles any less readable with all the interfering ads on this site?

  • Brett Cosor Says:

    With more money than brains, Microsoft is praying this misstep is better than Windows 7 which hasn't been accepted by users. So instead of fixing 7 they whip up 8 while 7 is lying in the street dying a slow death. How many competing and worthless operating systems can they confuse the market with?

    Let's take a second and stroll down memory lane: Windows 98, 98SE, ME, Vista, 2003, 7...my favorite was 98SE. Remember that was when you had to pay Microsoft $50 to fix 98? The best thing is that each new OS is so different from the last that you can't find half of the functions that you need, they have been renamed, moved, or deleted. All hail continuous innovation.

    It is time that the world move on to more stable and intelligent sources for an OS. Change resistance has cast a stultifying pall over the IT world. UNIX/Linux and MacOS are technically superior but the Microsoft crowd pounds its chest and argues that they are still better based on everything they can see. But that is the problem, they can't see what they don't want to see.

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