Windows 8, personal computer operating system is developed by Microsoft. Windows 8 was released in 2011 at CES and went into manufacturing on August 1, 2012. The much-awaited operating system was available in the general market on October 26, 2012.

Similar to the predecessors, this latest OS by Windows is compatible to run on systems with Intel Corporation processing chips. The software is designed and divided into two categories. The basic version – Windows 8 Home basic is appropriate for households, whereas Pro version is very much suitable for tech-savvy users and businessmen.

The Windows 8 Pro version is equipped with additional features like group account management and encryption that makes it an efficient OS for technical experts and businesses to work on. Companies and organizations with large volume-licensing deals can easily upgrade to Win 8 Enterprise, for additional tools incorporated for information-technology staff. These tools help manage devices in a cost-effective and organized manner.

If we specifically talk about the basic structure of the software, it should be noted that it is completely different from its previous versions in terms of both, functionality and appearance. To begin with, the menu system on the lower left corner cannot be seen anymore. Users are required to swipe the screen to access different settings. The home screen contains an array of colorful and interesting tiles, each of them leading to set of different tasks, collections, applications and options. It is one of the first OS to have been available in the touch-screen format. Even though, it is technically designed to work with touch screen systems, it can be used on traditional set up as well.

System requirements

To install or update your system to o Windows 8, your PC should be able to fulfill the below given requirements:

  • 2 GB RAM / 20 GB available hard disk space.
  • 1 GHz processor or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2.
  • 1024 × 768 screen resolution.
  • To use touch, you need a PC that supports multitouch.
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device along with WDDM driver

You can buy the operating system for $99.9 from any e-store and directly download on your supporting system. The price of all the versions of Windows 8 will differ on the basis of usability of the OS.