Windows 8 logo from www.oostdam.infoWindows 8 is a very nice product to my opinion. It is based on the previous 7 version but it can use apps instead of programs, but there is a full compatibility. Every program that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 as well. This product is amazing. Microsoft improved it in so many ways that a new set of articles will appear on this site the next couple of weeks. I love it, and this experience is only based on the beta developer version. Lets hope the RTM and final release will be available soon. I'm afraid it will not be until autumn 2012.

In this article I want to inform you about the new features that are available out of the box in Windows 8.
I can tell you everything... Why not discover it yourself ? 

Go to the Control Panel.
Under Programs, choose (un)install a Program.
At the left overview bar, choose the UAC protected "Turn Windows features on or off".
Now the list is expanding,..  exiting!

Windows 8 - new features out of the box -

The Games are gone, no hard feelings for that. To my opinion, computers are for productivity, not for gaming,
but that is another story. I will inform you in another article how to get them back.

New features now:
Starting of with the Active Directory Lightweight Services, that a relieve, although,..
I need all the other things and tools as well, I guess I'm going to download it again..

Now for a nice improvement! A complete Hyper-V Management Tool set! That great!
Now we know immediately what Microsoft has in mind for future developments!

Internet Explorer 10 is also default, but diable it, and use chrome or firefox if you like that better.

IIS was already present in Windows 7, nothing new there.

.NET 4.5  Advanced Services is new, that quit normal.

Network Projection is also new, I will discuss that feature in another article.

So far for now,....

Hopes this article has helped you, and getting you enthusiastic for Windows 8 as much as I already am!


Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Support Engineer for Qurius Managed Services in the Netherlands specialized in System Center Solutions.

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