Windows 8 is the tentative name for the upcoming version of the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems, for use on personal computers.It is expected to be released in 2012.
At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that it would be including support for system-on-a-chip (SoC) and mobile ARM processors in its next version of the Windows operating system,which is expected to be called Windows 8. It is anticipated that Windows 8 will be released in 2012 or later.
Windows 8 includes a new “Hybrid Boot” option that uses “advanced hibernation functionality” on shutdown to allow faster startup times.Another new feature is the ability to create a Portable Workspace, an installation of Windows 8 on a USB storage device.
Milestone 1 (build 7850, with a build date of September 22, 2010) was leaked to BetaArchive, an online beta community, which was soon leaked to P2P/torrent sharing networks on April 12, 2011. Milestone 1 includes a ribbon interface for Windows Explorer, a PDF reader called Modern Reader, an updated task manager called Modern Task Manager, and native ISO mounting. Build 7955 (with a build date of February 22, 2011) was leaked on April 25, 2011. A Milestone 3 build, build 7971, was released to close partners of Microsoft on March 29, 2011but was kept under heavy security. However, a few screenshots were leaked. The Windows 7 Basic theme has been replaced with a new theme, where the boxes that encase the “close, maximize, and minimize” buttons have been removed, leaving just the signs. Milestone 3 includes a new Welcome screen, a new packaged application model called AppX that is based on Silverlight,and a setting for automatically adjusting the window color to fit the wallpaper. It also includes a stripped down “Immersive” version of Internet Explorer, similar to the mobile version of Internet Explorer, but using the desktop Trident rendering engine.