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Microsoft Windows 8

New Start Screen
The new Start screen has all of the information you care about in one place, such as your contacts, the weather, and the next appointment on your calendar. Windows 8 is truly yours: websites, news, people, contacts, and your favorite apps are front and center. Because you decide how to organize and group things on the screen, viewing and interacting with content is faster than ever. The tiles on your Start screen are brimming with content, and they change and update in real time so you can see what’s going on and stay on top of things.

Even Better Than Windows 7
Behind the new look of Windows 8 is the rock-solid foundation you’ve come to expect from Windows 7. Just like Windows 7, security and reliability features are built into Windows 8. Everything that was great about Windows 7 is even better.

Hands-On
Windows 8 is hands-on and designed to eliminate the need to choose between this and that. Because you work in different ways depending on which app you’re using, Windows 8 makes it easy to use touch or mouse and keyboard, whichever method works best. And the most efficient way to get stuff done is immediately available. Whether you’re browsing apps, reading a book, or typing on the go with touch, creating a project that requires the precision of mouse and keyboard, or doing everything at once, Windows 8 makes it easy. You use whatever works best, whenever it works best.

Desktop
Windows 8 also incorporates the familiar PC desktop that you know today. In the desktop, you’ll see that the settings and features you used in Windows 7 are still there. Plus, the majority of your existing apps that run on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8.

Apps
Apps are the heart of Windows 8. Windows 8 provides you with built in apps, and access to the Windows store where you can easily browse, try, buy and manage apps for thousands of apps. Windows 8 apps are full-screen, immersive and designed to work together with things like contracts that allow search and sharing.

Cloud-Connected
Sign in to your Windows 8 device with your Microsoft account and you’re immediately connected to the people, files, and settings you care about. Your PC comes to life with all the things that make Windows yours, including your Start page, themes, language preferences, browsing history and browser favorites. You can connect your favorite services to your Microsoft account, too–services like Microsoft Hotmail, Microsoft Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more. And you can immediately get to your photos, docs, and other files, whether they’re on Microsoft SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, or other services.