The new Windows 8 start screen is your personalized home for items you use the most and can be customized according to your user preferences. Windows 8 Live tiles provide real-time updates from your Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail accounts. Along with the new Start screen, the lock screen now includes e-mail, calendar, and clock widgets. This product comes in 5 different box designs. The box design you receive may differ from that shown in the image above. The image to the right shows the different designs available.
Encrypt your data with BitLocker
BitLocker drive encryption helps protect corporate data on mobile PCs that include a TPM chip. BitLocker now encrypts hard drives more quickly, helping to keep your data safe without interrupting your productivity. BitLocker now supports encrypted drives, too.
Stay safer with SmartScreen
SmartScreen services help protect you from malicious sites and software on the Internet. It checks the reputation of any new app or website, helping to keep you safe no matter what browser you’re using. That helps prevent malware and other viruses from infiltrating your PC, or your corporate network.
Work from almost anywhere with Remote Desktop Connection
Connect to your work computer from home and access all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were actually sitting in front of your computer at work.
Cloud-connected with your Microsoft account
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, like Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. And you can immediately get to your photos, docs, and other files, whether they’re on SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, or other services.
It’s all about the apps
In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse great apps, all grouped in easy-to-find categories. We highlight great apps for you and provide quick access to frequently downloaded apps. You can also see how other people have rated apps. You’ll always know what’s interesting, new, and popular. You won’t have to worry about buying something you don’t want because you can try before you buy, if the app supports it. If you try an app and like it, you can buy it and continue using the full app with no interruption. You won’t waste time or lose your place.
Windows Media Center
Windows Media Center lets you turn your PC into a home entertainment system that can play and record high-definition TV (if you have additional tuner hardware), DVDs, and CDs. It’s also a software DVR that can play photo slideshows and Internet TV content.
- Required Processor: 1GHz or faster processor
- Required Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Required Hard Disk Space: 20 GB available disk space
- Required Display: 1366 x 768 screen resolution
- Required Connectivity: Internet access (fees may apply)
- Required Video Card: Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver
Additional System Requirements
Microsoft account required for some features. Watching DVDs requires separate playback software. Windows Media Center license sold separately.