Windows 8, Microsoft's latest client operating system (OS), features a new user interface designed to be tablet touch-friendly, and is available to customers via software upgrades or with new PC purchases on October 26, 2012. Windows 8 represents a radical departure from previous Windows versions and is arguably the most dramatic upgrade Microsoft has yet developed.

The system is essentially a brand-new mobile platform that has been melded onto the traditional Windows desktop, giving users what Microsoft calls a "no compromises" experience that blends the best of mobile with the best of Windows. Windows IT Pro brings you ongoing coverage of Windows 8, with in-depth treatment of significant features, breaking news, and analysis. Visit our Windows 8 page for the latest news and technical features.

 

Windows 8 In-Depth

Windows 8 Upgrade Offer for PC Buyers Goes Live

Start: The Windows 8 Era Begins

Will IT Departments Rush to (or Away from) Windows 8?

Q: Is there a version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit that works with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8?

Enterprises: Now's the Time to Get Your Windows 8 On!

Q: Why, when I enable .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, does it connect to the Internet and pull down files?

Installing Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Product Key

Q: Can client Hyper-V in Windows 8 run virtual machines that are stored on a SMB 3.0 file share?

Windows 8’s “Killer Feature” for Microsoft Certified Trainers

Q: I disabled hibernation on my Windows 8 install--so why does startup seem to take longer?


Windows 8 Tips

Windows 8 Tip: Overcoming Library Limitations

Windows 8: New Mice and Keyboards

Windows 8 Tip: Protect Portable Storage with BitLocker To Go

Windows 8 Tip: Customize the Start Screen

Windows 8 Tip: Master Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 Tip: Manage Notifications

Windows 8 Tip: Integrated Facebook and Twitter

Windows 8 Tip: Use the Web-Based Installer

Windows 8 Tip: Enable File History

Windows 8 Tip: Upgrade from a Previous Windows Version

Windows 8 Tip: Disable the Lock Screen

Windows 8 Tip: Virtualize with Hyper-V


Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Start Screen

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Multi-Monitor

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Live Tiles

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Contracts

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Lock Screen

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Charms

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Snap

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Switcher

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Back Tip

Windows 8 Feature Focus: Start Tip