Innovative Tile-based Touch Screen Interface
A brand new tile-based grid interface, called Metro UI, is the first thing you see after logging into Windows 8. The grid is fully customizable, apps can be added and placed wherever you need them. The coolest feature of the new interface is that the apps will be able to display real-time information without even going into them. For example, if you want to monitor the weather, you could log into Windows 8 and without having to click on anything, you would instantly know the current weather conditions just by looking at your Metro UI.
Easy and Improved Windows 8 Updates
Windows 8 is designed to receive updates just like many other mobile operating systems do. You can receive app updates, operating system (OS) updates and other new features directly to your Windows 8 device. Also, Windows has greatly improved the way it handles OS updates. One major improvement is not having to restart the computer nearly as much and bundling multiple updates into one day, which Windows is calling patch Tuesday, instead of getting sporadic updates throughout the week.
Improved Power Management and Fast Startup
Windows 8 powered PCs are designed to boot up faster than any other OS and you can easily manage your startup configuration by simply opening the task manager. Better power management in Windows 8 allows it to consume much less power compared to earlier versions of Windows, which means more up-time for mobile devices and less power consumption for desktops.
Windows Store Apps
Windows 8 metro apps work just like the mobile phone apps but are more fully featured, taking advantage of more advanced desktop computer hardware. Windows 8 is the only operating system that can be used on both your mobile device and your PC.
Windows 8 Charms
A very handy new feature, and my personal favorite, is Windows 8 Charms. The Charms bar gives you easy access to the most important things you need while working with Windows 8 such as search, share, start, devices and PC settings. All you have to do to access the Charms bar is drag the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen on a traditional PC or on a touch-enabled PC you can swipe from the right side of the screen. Regardless of what program or app you are in, you have easy access to all of your settings and devices at any time you need them.