Windows 8 New Features Roundup and Developer Versions Download

Posted By Dupont on September 13, 2011
in Special Focus

Today, Windows Division prexy Steven Sinofsky has given a walkthrough of the new features of Windows 8 at its Buid 2011 conference. Windows 8 will be the next generation operating system for both computers and tablet PCs.

One of the biggest change made by Windows 8 is Metro style UI, which is adopted mainly for touch screen for there will not be a different edition of Windows 8 for tablets. In the new system, Microsoft puts more energy on the applications with the built-in Windows Store.

Metro UI

Task Manager

New Features of Windows 8:

  • All Windows 7 applications will run natively on Windows 8
  • Refreshed Windows Task Manager suspends apps when they’re not running on-screen
  • New “Reset and Refresh PC” functions enable simplified system wipe and restore
  • Hyper-V virtualization software comes pre-loaded on Windows 8
  • Multi-monitor support built in, allowing the Windows 8 new Metro UI to operate on one monitor, while the basic Windows desktop UI shows on another.
  • Multi-touch support enabled for Internet Explorer 10
  • Magnifier function enhanced for desktop manipulation
  • Touch support, including the option to use thumbs to navigate on Windows 8 tablets. SkyDrive storage support integrated into all cloud-based apps
  • Metro-style refresh for Mail, Photos, Calendar and People apps with Windows Live ID
  • Settings roam allows for preferences to sync across a user’s Windows 8 devices
  • Both Metro-style and conventional Win32 apps will be sold in the Windows Store
    Windows Store

  • Windows 8 devices equipped with an NFC chip will be able to use a tap-to-share feature to either send content from one device to another, or simply receive content from something like an NFC-equipped card.
  • Logins will use a photo-based system
  • Apps will be able to natively connect and understand one another (if written as such)
  • Built-in antivirus software will ship in Windows 8
  • Single-development platform. There is one Windows 8 API on both conventional computers and mobile devices such as tablets
  • Support for non-Intel CPUs, including those from ARM, AMD, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments

The Windows 8 will be released one or two years later from now. By then, with the help of Windows 8 on tablets, we may not need to convert PPT to video for viewing on tablets anymore.

Download the Windows 8 ISO files of the developer version at:

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)


Sha 1 hash – 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF

Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)


Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)


Sha 1 hash – 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC

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