It seems that's verboten for PC makers who embrace Windows 8. End users will be able to change that in the browser's settings, however—Microsoft's in no rush for another regulatory spanking, it seems. Beyond that, Microsoft notes that "Some of these devices, in particular tablets, will also come with Office or a one-year subscription to Office Documentation leaked shortly thereafter stated that "Windows 8.
Microsoft already made Windows free for phones, small-screen tablets, and so-called "Internet of Things" devices under 8 inches at this year's Build conference. The verbiage in Microsoft's post suggests the free version of Windows 8.
And Microsoft has confirmed that. Here's what a representative had to say about Windows 8. Microsoft will license this edition for other OEM form factors as well. OEMs will each determine which types of devices they want to bring to market with this edition of Windows. Applications are no longer added to the Start screen automatically when installed, and all applications now have colored tiles desktop programs were previously shown in a single color.
The app snapping system has also been extended; up to four apps can be snapped onto a single display depending on screen size, apps can be snapped to fill half the screen, and can also be used on any display in a multi-monitor configuration.
Apps can also launch other apps in a snapped view to display content; for example, the Mail app can open a photo attachment in a picture viewer snapped to another half of the screen. Improved support is also provided by apps for using devices in a portrait vertical orientation.
The lock screen offers the ability to use a photo slideshow as its backdrop, and a shortcut to the Camera app by swiping up.
The on-screen keyboard has an improved autocomplete mechanism which displays multiple word suggestions, and allows users to select from them by sliding on the spacebar.
The autocomplete dictionary is also automatically updated using data from Bing , allowing it to recognize and suggest words relating to current trends and events. Users can also modify certain user interface behaviors, such as disabling the upper hot corners for using the charms and recent apps list, going to the desktop instead of the Start screen on login or after closing all apps on a screen, automatically opening the "All Apps" view on the Start screen when opened, and prioritizing desktop programs on the "Category" sort mode on "All Apps".
When a mouse is in use, the Desktop is shown on startup by default, the Start screen uses context menus instead of a toolbar across the bottom of the screen for manipulating tiles, an autohiding title bar with minimize and close buttons is displayed within apps at the top of the screen, the taskbar can display and pin apps alongside desktop programs and be accessed from within apps, and visible search and power buttons are added to the Start screen.
In non-touch environments, the default image viewer and media player programs were changed back to Windows Photo Viewer and Windows Media Player in lieu of the Xbox Video and Photos apps.
However, it does not support data loss protection, Group Policy , Lync integration, or creating emails with information rights management. OneDrive formerly SkyDrive  is integrated at the system level to sync user settings and files.
Files are automatically downloaded in the background when they are accessed from the user's OneDrive folder, unless they are marked to be available offline. By default, only file metadata and thumbnails are stored locally, and reparse points are used to give the appearance of a normal directory structure to provide backwards compatibility.
The OneDrive app was updated to include a local file manager. OneDrive use on Windows 8. Full-screen "hero" displays aggregate news articles, Wikipedia entries, multimedia, and other content related to a search query; for instance, searching for a music performer would return photos of the performer, a biography, and their available songs and albums on Xbox Music.
The Metro-style version of IE 11 also adds tab syncing, the ability to open an unlimited number of tabs, and Reading List integration. Encryption begins as soon as a user begins using the system; the recovery key is stored to either the user's Microsoft account or an Active Directory login, allowing it to be retrieved from any computer.
While device encryption is offered on all versions of Windows 8. A new kiosk mode known as "Assigned Access" was also added, allowing a device to be configured to use a single app in a restricted environment. Additionally, Windows Defender includes an intrusion detection system which can scan network activity for signs of malware.
Windows 8. Remote Data Control can be used to remotely wipe specific "corporate" data from Windows 8. A Microsoft spokesperson noted that the change primarily affects systems with older AMD bit processors, and that "the number of affected processors are extremely small, since this instruction has been supported for greater than 10 years.
These changes do not affect the bit version of Windows 8. List of features removed in Windows 8 Backup and Restore , the backup component of Windows that had been deprecated but was available in Windows 8 through a Control Panel applet called "Windows 7 File Recovery", was removed.
Instead, each service provider is expected to create its own app; The Messaging app, which was interoperable with Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Chat, is deprecated in favour of a Skype app that is not compatible with Facebook Chat; The Calendar app can only connect to Microsoft services such as Outlook.
Beginning in October , all future updates will become cumulative as with Windows 10 ; as such, downloading and installing updates that address individual problems would not be possible.
Instead, upon installing Windows, users need only download a handful of updates as opposed to hundreds. Tom Warren of The Verge still considered the platform to be a "work in progress" due to the number of apps available, the impaired level of capabilities that apps have in comparison to desktop programs, and because he felt that mouse and keyboard navigation was still "awkward". However, he touted many of the major changes on Windows 8.
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