Windows 8 also ships with a client app for Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service, which also allows apps to save files directly to SkyDrive. A SkyDrive client for the desktop and File Explorer is not included in Windows 8, and must be downloaded separately. Games can integrate into an Xbox Live hub app, which also allows users to view their profile and gamerscore.
The Internet Explorer app does not support plugins or ActiveX components, but includes a version of Adobe Flash Player that is optimized for touch and low power usage. Initially, Adobe Flash would only work on sites included on a "Compatibility View" whitelist ; however, after feedback from users and additional compatibility tests, an update in March changed this behavior to use a smaller blacklist of sites with known compatibility issues instead, allowing Flash to be used on most sites by default.
Windows 8 also adds an integrated airplane mode setting to globally disable all wireless connectivity as well. Carriers can also offer account management systems through Windows Store apps, which can be automatically installed as a part of the connection process and offer usage statistics on their respective tile.
Xbox Music, alongside Photos snapped into a sidebar to the right side of the screen Snap feature: Desktop , along Wikipedia App snapped into a sidebar to the right side of the screen.
In Windows 8, desktop and everything on it is treated as one Metro-style app. Windows 8 introduces a new style of application, Windows Store apps. According to Microsoft developer Jensen Harris, these apps are to be optimized for touchscreen environments and are more specialized than current desktop applications.
Apps can run either in a full-screen mode or be snapped to the side of a screen. Apps can use "contracts"; a collection of hooks to provide common functionality that can integrate with other apps, including search and sharing. Components may be compiled as Windows Runtime Components, permitting consumption by all compatible languages. The term was phased out in August ; a Microsoft spokesperson denied rumors that the change was related to a potential trademark issue, and stated that "Metro" was only a codename that would be replaced prior to Windows 8's release.
In an interview on September 12, , Soma Somasegar vice president of Microsoft's development software division confirmed that "Windows Store apps" would be the official term for the apps. The user's default browser can distribute a Metro-style web browser in the same package as the desktop version, which has access to functionality unavailable to other apps, such as being able to permanently run in the background, use multiple background processes, and use Windows API code instead of WinRT allowing for code to be re-used with the desktop version, while still taking advantage of features available to Windows Store apps, such as charms.
Microsoft advertises this exception privilege "New experience enabled" formerly "Metro-style enabled". The developers of both Chrome and Firefox committed to developing Metro-style versions of their browsers; while Chrome's "Windows 8 mode" discontinued on Chrome version 49 uses a full-screen version of the existing desktop interface, Firefox's version which was first made available on the "Aurora" release channel in September uses a touch-optimized interface inspired by the Android version of Firefox.
The new user interface is based on Microsoft's Metro design language and uses a Start screen similar to that of Windows Phone 7 as the primary means of launching applications. The Start screen displays a customizable array of tiles linking to various apps and desktop programs, some of which can display constantly updated information and content through "live tiles".
It does not include many of the advanced options still accessible from the normal Control Panel. The Start button on the taskbar from previous versions of Windows has been converted into a hotspot in the lower-left corner of the screen, which displays a large tooltip displaying a thumbnail of the Start screen. However, Windows 8.
Pointing the cursor in the top-left corner of the screen and moving down reveals a thumbnail list of active apps. List of features removed in Windows 8 Several notable features have been removed in Windows 8; support for playing DVD-Video was removed from Windows Media Player due to the cost of licensing the necessary decoders especially for devices which do not include optical disc drives at all and the prevalence of online streaming services.
All the features of the operating system version are the same for both license types. The difference is that with a retail license, you can transfer the license key to a different PC later on. In exchange for a lower price, you get to use the license key on only one PC, period. Microsoft has historically been kind about such situations, however; you can usually call to reactivate the license after replacing a fried mobo.
But it is an extra hassle. Deepest savings: The education discount Microsoft Price: As mentioned above, license types determine what you can do with Windows—and who can use it, as well. Through the Academic Volume Licensing agreements, schools can purchase access to Windows 10 Education for their students, faculty, and staff. Some make it available only on campus machines. Others will grant a license for use on a home machine.
The catch: You have to sign up for at least one course to qualify for campus discounts. Other states use OnTheHub , which has a tool to look up your school. The storefront will require verification of your student status before you can "buy" Windows Typical options are usually of the physical education or dance variety swim, ballet, jazz, boot camp workouts, etc.
In those cases, your main options are the OEM license outlined above or buying through Kinguin detailed below. If you use this method, also keep an eye out for other software deals through your school. Low prices with a caveat: Kinguin Kinguin Price: Kinguin is a website that allows buyers to purchase product keys from third-party sellers—think of it like an eBay or Amazon Marketplace for digital software sales.
Opponents of Kinguin swear the keys will eventually lose their activation status because of their unknown origins.
Jul 03, · Rights to Windows Pro for Windows 8 Pro Customers: Organizations that acquired Windows 8 Pro through a Volume Licensing agreement are licensed for Windows Pro even if their Software Assurance for the Windows desktop operating system expired prior to the release of Windows Pro. thanks. diramoh. Microsoft Windows Professional License 32/64 Bit. Windows Professional brings together everything you do - from mobile apps for your business, to Office productivity work, to searching and browsing, to accessing all your data from anywhere/5(9). Dec 23, · We always suggest when a customer purchases a new Windows device that they purchase Windows Pro OEM on it, so upgrading down the road is less of a headache. If you want to upgrade to Windows 8 Enterprise, the only option is to purchase Windows 8 Pro with Software Assurance because Windows 8 Enterprise is a benefit of Software Assurance.
Updated November 16, , 8: Microsoft is misleading consumers here. This was a problem in the past, so Microsoft fixed the licensing problem in Windows 8.