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Microsoft was a revolutionary in operating systems since its' conception, which makes the launch of Windows 8 no different. With its' enticing new features and sturdy platform this operating system hit the market like a storm. The best of its' predecessors were incorporated into a fine-tuned adapted product that allowed for more usability and less confusion. A few features famous to the Windows family remain untouched and continue to highlight the impressive product Microsoft has released.
A New Dynamic Desktop was introduced in the Windows 8 platform that highlighted a more simplistic tile-style layout. Similar to apps on a smartphone, one would swipe between the screens and click on the application tile of their choice. The ability to maneuver these tiles and adjust them based on user preferences was much easier and more immersive than previous Windows operating systems.
Windows Live Sync was first introduced in this platform and is entirely new in the Microsoft line. Essentially a cloud service attached to an ID, each user developed the ability to travel between computer systems and save or upload files from their own personal settings. In older models, there was only one generic option of 'recovering lost files' or 'rebooting an old partition'. This Live Sync feature allowed for more freedom for the user which resonated quite well with the public.
Increased Boot and Run Speeds were labeled as the biggest improvements to the new operating system. Predecessors often met with comments of slow boot times the longer the operating system went without a clean sweep. Microsoft addressed these concerns by developing a more pronounced structure in allocating resources and processes in the startup of each boot. Giving more applications better direction in starting and shutting down their programs. The CPU health was improved along with the speed and was considered the golden point in the new platform.
Windows Defender, a previously extinct feature, came back to life with this platform. It replaced the well-known Microsoft Security Essentials program that lacked both virus and spyware protection and became a catalyst for integrated security from the very first boot to the last shut-down. The quality of security was improved drastically and filled the gaps in security that previous versions had not addressed.
ISO Support became an active component in Windows 8. Where Windows 7 had an application for burning such files, the support in Windows 8 allows the user to automatically open and mount such files with ease. Although a small upgrade, for many computer savvy individuals this was a powerful addition with very little issue.
Reset Windows replaced the Reinstall feature from previous generations. This wasn't so much of an upgrade as it was more of a fix from an upgraded social time. In previous years a user had to shuffle through disks and create separate installation steps to remove the operating system which sometimes led to problems with a reinstall. The new feature replaced the Reinstall and named it simply as Reset. The information needed to clean a personal computer was newly stored hidden into the hard drive and one need only access and reset by clicking a couple buttons. No more CDs or external drives were needed and the upgrade showed quality improvement in overall cleanliness of the platform.
There were dozens of new features added for better optimization and faster operating within the system upon the release of Windows 8 and it resonated well with the public for years. Truly an upgrade from previous Windows 7 and below platforms, and a wonderful new take to the ever-growing operating system community. This was a worthwhile change in Microsoft's line of operating systems and proved to be a wonderful step forward for consumers.
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