"Windows 8 information with details of advanced Windows 8 features."
THE FAMILIAR MADE BETTER
"The desktop you're used to with its familiar folders and icons is still here. And not just still here, it's actually better than before, with a new task manager and streamlined file management. And you can always get to your desktop and back to your Start screen again with a tap or click."
"Windows Defender and Windows SmartScreen can help guard your PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software in real time. Family Safety gives your kids while still keeping tabs on them."
"Windows continues the chain of trust started by Secure Boot by verifying the integrity of Windows startup files. Trusted Boot also includes an Early Launch AntiMalware (ELAM) capability that enables the antimalware software to start before any third party software. By starting the antimalware solution early and within the protected boot process, the operation and integrity of the antimalware solution can be better guaranteed. As part of the boot process, Windows also runs Measured Boot, which allows third-party software on a remote server to securely verify the security of every startup component in a way that would be very difficult for malware to forge. If any tampering with the Windows boot process or the antimalware's ELAM driver is detected, Trusted Boot will repair the system by restoring the files."
"Bootkits are the most dangerous form of malware; they start before Windows and hide themselves between the hardware and operating system where they are virtually undetectable and have unlimited access to system resources. With Secure Boot, the PC's UEFI verifies that the Windows bootloader is secure before loading it. If the bootloader has been modified (for example, if a bootkit is installed) or replaced, Secure Boot will prevent execution. For more information about secure boot, see the article Secure Boot Overview."
"Windows 8 can keep your PCs and data safe by making them more resistant to all forms of malware, including those that use phishing attacks and rootkits. To help resist malware, Windows 8 supports the following features."
"AppLocker in Windows 8 gives IT complete control over which desktop and Windows Store apps users can run, and Windows Store apps are even easier to manage than desktop apps. AppLocker rules for Windows Store apps automatically apply to the app installer and all files included with the app, and you create only simple publisher rules, instead of error-prone hash- or path-based rules. Additionally, a single AppLocker rule can contain rule collections for both desktop apps and packaged apps, making it easy to manage your new packaged apps alongside your existing apps. You can use AppLocker to reduce the risk of malware by only allowing users to run approved apps. For more information about AppLocker improvements, visit AppLocker Technical Overview."
"Windows Store apps dramatically reduce the risk of malware. Users can only install Windows Stores apps that have been approved by Microsoft or your organization, reducing the risk that an app will have malware hidden within it. Windows 8 runs Windows Store apps with very limited privileges and no system-level access, reducing the ability of malware to exploit a vulnerability in an app."
"In Windows 8, Windows Defender has been upgraded from antispyware to a full-featured antimalware solution capable of detecting and stopping a wider range of potentially malicious software, including viruses. Windows 8 users no longer need Microsoft Security Essentials, because Windows Defender is now just as powerful. While Windows Defender is primarily intended for unmanaged PCs, more and more people are using their home PCs for work and to connect to the internal network. Therefore, it's good to know that Windows 8 includes powerful and free anti-malware that is enabled by default. For more information about Windows Defender, visit Protect your PC."
"Starting with Internet Explorer 8, SmartScreen has helped protect you from malicious websites and applications coming from the web using SmartScreen's application and URL reputation services. To help protect people who use different web browsers, Windows 8 extends SmartScreen's application reputation services to the operating system. The first time you run an app that originates from the Internet, no matter how it got copied to the PC, SmartScreen checks the reputation of the application based on digital signatures and other factors. If the app lacks a reputation, or it is known to be malicious, SmartScreen warns you or blocks execution entirely. If you trust the app, you can choose to run it anyway. For more information about SmartScreen, see SmartScreen Application Reputation."
"Windows 8 Kernel Improvements includes low-level improvements to make it more difficult for malware to gain unauthorized access to system resources. A much improved version of Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) makes it even more difficult for malware to predict where Windows 8 stores vital data. Apps are no longer allowed to allocate the lowest 64k of process memory. The Windows heap (which stores some app data) now has additional integrity checks. Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is now required and the feature is more accessible to app developers. Each of these low-level changes eliminate exploit techniques that malware has used in the past to gain higher privileges to PCs. Additionally, these improvements can dramatically reduce the likelihood that newly discovered vulnerabilities will result in a successful exploit."
MOUSE AND KEYBOARD
"You can use a mouse and keyboard to work on your Windows desktop the way you always have. And things you do with touch, like using apps from the Windows Store and getting around on your Start screen, can also be done with a mouse and keyboard."
SEARCH ONCE GO ANYWHERE
"Bing smart search gives you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. Results are in a clean, graphic view so you can quickly get to what you're looking for."
NEW TABLETS AND PC
"New tablets are versatile and stylish, blazing fast and ultra light. Laptops and 2 in 1 PCs with snap in keyboards give you speed and power with complete portability. All in one PCs and desktops offer bigger displays for both serious productivity and serious play."
YOUR WINDOWS EVERYWHERE
"Use your Microsoft account to sign in to any of your devices running Windows 8.1, and you'll see the same layout, apps, and settings. Signing in with your Microsoft Account (which is simply an email address and password of your choice) also gives you access to a world of apps from the Windows Store, and lets you save, view, and edit your documents and photos online with SkyDrive."
INTERNET EXPLORER 11
"Internet Explorer 11 is built for touch now with larger tabs, simpler controls, and fluid response to gestures. Internet Explorer harnesses the power of hardware acceleration, so sites load faster and browsing's smoother."
"Your files are always with you with SkyDrive is free online storage that's built into Windows 8.1. Save documents, photos, and other files to SkyDrive automatically, and get to them anytime, from any of your PCs or devices. And you can use SkyDrive to protect your files if something happens to your PC. You can also use SkyDrive to share and collaborate with others, and see your stuff on mobile and non Windows devices."
"Video, voice, and instant messaging The always on app that makes staying in touch with all your contacts easier than ever. Keep in touch with video and voice calls and instant messaging, all from one app. Call any phone quickly and easily. All Skype to Skype video and voice calls are free, and your messages are delivered straight to you no matter what you're doing. Snap Skype left or right and do more while you IM, video call, or keep an eye on your home screen. "
"Open the Windows Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and a lot more many of them free. Sort by price, rating, and category. Find old favorites and hot new apps."
MICROSOFT 8 SUPPORT
"Windows 8 end of support date 2023."