For developers, Microsoft has exposed its new WinRT APIs so that you can access them from the language of your choice (including C#, XAML, and HTML5), rather than have the Visual Studio IDE restrict your language choice. A UI tool based on a proposed HTML5 grid standard helps developers design their apps visually to work on multiple screen sizes and orientations. Another tool helps developers port Win32s apps from Windows 7 to Windows 8's Metro style. Microsoft also will introduce an app store similar to Apple's Mac App Store, exceptit also lets customers try software before buying.
Sinofsky demonstrated a greatly simplified Windows update and restore capability, in which you can reset Windows to its original configuration without losing your music, photos, and videos -- as happens in previous versions of Windows. For power users, the system's activity monitor is greatly simplified yet enhanced with live graphical charting. Remoting has also been simplified. And when using multiple monitors, you can manage what appears on each display, similar to the Spaces feature in Mac OS X.
New to the Windows 8 client OS is inclusion of Hyper-V virtualization, which comes with a management tool for local VMs.
Microsoft has also revised its hardware specifications so new PCs can boot faster, better support solid-state drives, support disks as large as 256TB, reduce power usage through real-time component management (similar to how mobile phones work), and support touchscreens. Microsoft's specs also enable automatic use of graphics processors, something Apple introduced in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The new spec also requires devices to have an embedded HD camera for videoconferencing.
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