MICROSOFT Windows 8 Pro upgrade
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Windows 8 Pro upgrade gives you new levels of productivity, security, and mobility with great performance. If you currently have a personal computer running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista then you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. With Windows 8 Pro, you can connect and share your files. Windows 8 Pro also adds enhanced features if you need to connect to company networks, access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and other more advanced tasks.
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The new Windows 8 start screen is a personalised home for items you use the most and can be customised according to your user preference. Wwindows 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.
To access your PC, Microsoft has replaced a standard PIN or password with a swipe gesture; unlock your PC by clicking or swiping preset locations you've selected onthe lock screen. New functions allow you to search for your favorite software programs, open, close, hide, resize, or run multiple apps simultaneously with the swipe of a finger or a swipe of a mouse.
Windows has also made changes to make your PC more secure by boosting its exisiting security features and adding "SmartScreen," which acts to prevent suspicious programs or apps from being installed or running on your machine. Finally, Windows 8 also gives you the ability to "refresh" itself to give users a new starting point and a cleaner version of Windows.
You can upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview, but you might not be able to keep all you files, software programs, and settings. The table below shows what you can keep during the upgrade, depending on the current version of Windows you are running. If you choose to boot from removeable media, you won't be able to keep your software programs, Windows settings, or personal files when you upgrade.
Beautiful, Fast, Fluid
Windows has been reimagined to focus on your life. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design
is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch enabled tablets and lightweight
laptops, to PCs and large, Powerful all-in-ones with high definition screens.
Windows 7, only better
Windows 8 is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7, but its been improved on
allfronts. You can install Windows 8 on the same hardware that powers XP. Windows
Vista and Windows 7, and you'll love how it works on new devices, too. Windows 8 was
designed with Windows 7 apps in mind, because you probably have older apps you need
Cloud-connected with your Microsoft account
Sign in to your Windows 8 device with you Microsoft account and you're immediatelty
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.
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 won't have to worry about buying something you don’t want
because you can try before you buy, if the app supports it.
Easily connect to your work network
Manager devices, security and IT policies more easily with Domain Join and Group Policy.
Domain Join connects Windows 8 Pro devices to your business network domain for easy
device management. Group Policy helps enforce password rules and IT policies, as well
as makes managing user access a snap.
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.
Work from almost anywhere
Remote Desktop Connection lets you 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.
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