Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available now for download. If you want to find out how it works before you get your hands on it, click here for CNET's full evaluation of the software. Microsoft says that every single application in its Windows Store will be free of charge while the Consumer Preview holds sway. Microsoft just went a long way toward getting Windows 8 Consumer Preview users to download boatloads of apps. The company said today at its address at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that all applications in its Windows Store will be available for free. There is just one catch, however: the deal will only be available in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Despite what Microsoft is calling strong interest from hardware manufacturers and developers, however, its impact is still uncertain at best, Windows 8's predecessor could be summarized in six words: Windows 7 is iphone xr barely there leather - black Vista done right.Windows 8 is a much harder sell for reasons intrinsic to Microsoft itself, its hardware partners, and the whims of consumers, First, when Windows 8 launches it will be the most ambitious operating system ever, with a workflow that's easy once you learn it, but not necessarily obvious at first blush, Second, more of your Windows 8 experience will be dependent on your hardware than ever before, because it will work on both actual PCs--i.e., desktops and laptops--and tablets..
Last, and this is the one that won't be resolved until Windows 8 starts shipping to consumers in the second half of this year, there's no strong evidence that Windows 8 is what consumers want next. Do people want tablets that aren't made by Apple? Is the tablet more like a larger smartphone, or a thinner laptop? Is there interest in one operating system that offers both casual touch and robust power modes?. Logging on Windows 8 offers some great log-on options. You can choose to create a local account, but the OS becomes infinitely more useful when you use a Microsoft account. You'll be able to synchronize to it your Windows 8 settings, including Internet Explorer history. This means that when you log in to any other Windows 8 machine with that account, your data will sync, including background settings, address book, other accounts like Facebook and Twitter, e-mail, and instant messaging.
App syncing is planned for the Windows Store, too, while the SkyDrive integration can be used for syncing files, Beyond sync, once you've logged on for the first time you can change your log-in scheme to a PIN or a picture log-in, The picture log-in is quite cool, and lets you set a photo as your log-in background, You can then customize a quick series of drawings on the picture, made up of a line, a circle, and a dot, to log you in, I was able to choose my photo log-in from my Facebook photos, which I had synced using the native Photos app that comes with Windows 8, iphone xr barely there leather - black The process was easy, and the photo picker tool in Settings connected through the Photos app to provide access to my Facebook account..
In drawing my log-in on the photo, there were times when it worked on the first attempt, and other times that required multiple attempts. This appears to be more related to the hardware than anything else. A killer feature that's missing is facial recognition log-ins. The better of these apps have been proven resistant to printed photo hacking, and it would extremely useful to have a Webcam recognize your face and log you in without having to physically touch the computer. At least nobody else has this integrated into the operating system yet, but since third parties like KeyLemon and FastAccess have been working on their versions for a while, expect it to arrive in with the big players sooner rather than later.
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