Latest Features And Updates Of Window 8

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 was launched with numerous new features. This new version of Windows was built for touchscreen devices and offers enhanced cloud computing capabilities. Here are some of the main features of this new OS. Learn more about the Start screen, Cortana, Slide to shut down, and more. The new OS offers a plethora of new features and is well worth checking out.

Latest Features And Updates Of Window 8

Start screen

The Start screen in Windows 8 is the new way to navigate the PC. It replaces the old Start menu and features shortcuts to programs and applications displayed in tiles. Although not all of them are visible at first glance, the user can access all of them by swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen or by right-clicking on the background. The Start screen is also easily accessible by pressing the Windows key.

The Start screen allows the user to easily access the programs and tasks that are most important to them. It's also customizable, allowing the user to arrange the tiles in a way that best suits their needs. For example, they can use a tile to display the weather in real-time, while another tile shows the number of unread messages in the email client.

In Windows 8, the Start screen can be customized by renaming groups and relocating them. Another change is the new down arrow button at the top-left corner of the Start screen. This button will appear always when the user is using a touch-enabled device, while on non-touch-enabled devices, it will appear only when the mouse cursor is in the left-hand corner.

Another change in the Start screen is the ability to rename individual app tiles. Users can name app tile groups, such as the one for Microsoft Office. They can also reorder app tiles by clicking the minus button on the right-hand side of the options bar. The "Name group" box is displayed above each tile group.

The Start screen of Windows 8 is designed for touchscreens. The app switcher and Charms bar is located on the edges of the Start screen, where the thumbs will naturally be positioned when the tablet is held.


Cortana is a voice assistant that works with Windows 8. The assistant is built into Windows and responds to natural language. It can help with a variety of tasks, such as setting reminders, planning calendar events, and even calculating math problems. Users can control access to Cortana, including managing which settings are visible to them. Users can activate Cortana by saying, "Hey, Cortana."

Cortana can be activated in the Windows 8 settings by clicking on the bottom right part of the screen, labeled "Next." You can also ask Cortana to perform a search for you, and you can also activate notifications through the virtual assistant. You can open apps, take notes, and search for files using Cortana without using the search bar. Be aware that Cortana uses Bing, so you won't be able to use Google's search bar with Cortana.

Cortana is also compatible with Windows 8.1. If you have an iPhone, you can download Cortana from the App Store. Alternatively, you can download the app from Microsoft's website. However, you need to have an account to use the program. However, the trial version of the software is free.

You can limit the amount of data that Cortana collects. You can do this by changing the settings for "Cortana" in the "Cortana" panel. The panel includes toggles and a section for adjusting cloud settings. Click on the "Personal Information" page to view the information that Cortana has access to.

Windows 8 users who want to use Cortana should update to Windows 10 as soon as possible. To update your Windows 8 computer to Windows 10, you need to sign in to the Start Menu and navigate to Control Panel. In the Control Panel, click on the Windows Update link and select "Check for updates." After that, press the Update button and wait for it to download. You can choose when to complete the update, or you can reschedule it for a later date.

Improved search

One of the new features in Windows 8 is improved search. Unlike Windows 7, where users can only search for applications from the Start menu, the search in Windows 8 can be adjusted to be more app-specific. For example, users can change the search settings to search within a folder or a mobile app.

Another new feature in Windows 8 is File Explorer. It is similar to the Windows Explorer tool in previous editions of Windows. The File Explorer has a built-in search function. However, it will only search within the folder or location you're currently in. The Windows Explorer search feature will not search system-wide.

Users can also search within Metro-style apps with the new search functionality. Previously, searching within the Start Menu was not as effective as the search functionality in Windows 8 or Windows 7. The search functionality in Windows 8 is stronger and displays matching files and apps instantly. If you are looking for a specific app, you can type the name into the search bar to find it.

Another useful feature is the ability to save searches as files. Searches are saved to your computer and can be accessed by double-clicking them. This feature also has an additional feature where users can search by type. For example, users can type "size:" without quotes to find a file in the folder they're looking for. Alternatively, users can search using folders by typed names or file properties.

Windows 8 also has a new feature called Windows Desktop Search. It can be accessed using the Windows Taskbar mounted Deskbar or by using the Win+ Shift+F keyboard shortcut. This feature offers a text field to type a query and results in a flyout pane. This feature is also integrated as a Windows Explorer window. It displays a preview of the file selected. In addition, users can use the Search charm to narrow down their searches.

Slide to shut down feature

If you have a Windows 8.1 PC, you can use the Slide to Shut Down feature to shut your system quickly. It's a prebuilt feature of Windows 8.1 that's hidden away in the System32 folder. Using this feature will allow you to shut down your system with a single click.

To use the Slide to Shut Down feature, you need to create a shortcut to it in your taskbar. To do this, right-click the icon and select "Change icon." Next, you need to choose an icon. Choose an icon and click OK. The shortcut icon will change to a different one and can be dragged to the taskbar.

You can also use the lock screen to shut down your PC quickly. Simply drag the lock screen down and press the Enter key. The slide-to-shut-down feature works best on touchscreen devices. If you're using a mouse, you can also use the lock screen to slide the screen down.

The Slide to Shut Down feature can be used from the Taskbar or the Start Menu. In Windows 10, you can access Slide to ShutDown by creating a shortcut to it. Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut for the feature to launch it from your keyboard. If you're running Windows 10, you can also use the same shortcut to shut down your computer with a single click.

Slide to Shut Down is similar to the traditional Shut command in Windows. In order to close Windows, you must slide the upper part of the screen downward. However, you have to make sure that you don't accidentally click the upper part of the screen, or else Windows will start shutting itself down.

App Locker

App Locker is a security solution available for Windows. It can block applications from running on your PC. However, it will still allow previously blocked applications to run on your computer if you disable its Application Identity services. You can test App Locker rules by running applications that have been blocked by the security solution. If they fail to run on your PC, a warning event will appear in the App Locker logs.

You can enable or disable App Locker by changing the settings in your Computer Configuration. This will allow you to control which applications are available on your PC and on which you can block them. You can also manage the applications you can install through App Locker. This security solution has several benefits and can be a good solution for your Windows computer.

Firstly, App Locker will prevent you from running outdated or unlicensed applications. In addition, it will block applications that are a security risk, a time-waster, or a productivity drain. It also allows you to whitelist apps and restrict their use. App Locker can be managed with PowerShell.

Lastly, you can create rules to set App Locker restrictions. This can be done for Windows applications, Windows installers, and Scripts. You can also create rules for Windows Store-packaged applications. If you're using Windows Server 2003 or 2008, you'll need a domain controller to enable App Locker.