Features Of Windows 8 Not Found In Windows 7

Microsoft released their new operating system Windows 8 with some extra features that were not included in its predecessors. The main area of difference in Windows 7 vs Windows 8 is related to the user interface. While Windows 7 had an icon based interface, Windows 8 had a tile-based interface. In fact the main feature of the Windows 8 operating system is its new tile-based user interface, which is known as Metro user interface.

The preview version of the Windows 7 operating system needed about 540 MB for running 34 processes and the SP1 version of the Windows 7 operating system needs about 404 MB for running 32 processes. However, the new Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft requires only 281 MB per 29 processes, leading to a significant reduction in memory usage. It was heard that the company is planning to reduce the memory usage further by making few changes to the operating system in the updates to come in the future. Below we discuss about Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparison in some common fields.

Touch friendly User Interface

Even though Microsoft had introduced support for touch screen displays with their Windows 7 operating system, it was through Windows 8 they achieved their dream of developing an operating system developed solely for working with touch-based displays.

New Start Menu

With the Windows 8 operating system, the Redmond-based company removed the Start menu button from the screen and introduced a new concept, the Start Screen. You can access all the programs from the Start screen directly.

ARM Support

Microsoft also included support for ARM powered devices with their Windows 8 operating system. Windows 7 as we know it never support ARM powered devices; however, with the increase in the number of devices that use ARM chip designs, the company added support to the platform with Windows 8.

Windows Store

One of the exciting features of the Windows 8 operating system that Windows 7 did not had is the Windows store. From the Windows Store, users could easily download start screen apps and desktop apps supported by Windows 8. The store also allows an app developer to sell his application to the world through their ecosystem.

Multiple monitor support

Windows 8 now has enhanced support for multiple monitors. With the multiple monitor support in windows 8 operating system, users can now display the Start screen in one monitor and the desktop in another easily.

Hope you now have some idea on the properties of Windows 8 operating system.
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