Windows 8

Last Updated: December 27, 2012

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Definition - What does Windows 8 mean?

Windows 8 is an operating system (OS) from Microsoft released in October 2012. Windows 8 succeeds the previous Windows 7 operating system and represents the most modern upgrade of the Windows operating system in recent decades.

Techopedia explains Windows 8

Windows 8 offers many new features and represents a more substantial change than some former Windows versions. This starts with a more versatile interface that can accommodate touch screen use, as well as new authentication methods, including a picture password option that replaces a text password with a visual sign-on.

Windows 8 also can run on ARM or limited memory devices. New applications for this operating system will use HTML5 and JavaScript (JS). Multi-screen features are meant to enable more productivity. This OS is also designed to operate on a wider range of mobile and consumer devices.

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