When you join a new network, you'll find that Microsoft has simplified the dialog boxes to guide you through choosing connections to a public or a private network, and enabling sharing of data or resources between your computer and the other devices on the network.
Because Windows 8 is designed for mobility, the operating system also includes better tools for connecting to, and managing, cellular networks. And Windows 8 can track and meter data usage for 3G/4G cellular networks so you don't exceed monthly caps.
3. Flexible hardware options
Since their inception, PCs and laptops have maintained a fairly consistent approach to form and function. Sure, they've gotten smaller over the years, but a desktop remained a desktop, and a laptop a laptop, more or less--until now.
Windows 8 breaks the PC and laptop molds, encouraging unique approaches that take advantage of the touchscreen elements of Windows 8, or that bridge the gap between traditional hardware and mobile devices. For example, the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook has an innovative display that swivels so that the laptop can function as a tablet. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 delivers similar hybrid functionality in the form of a display that the user can bend all the way to the back of the unit to employ as a tablet.
Then there are devices like Microsoft's own Surface Pro tablet. The Surface Pro is a pure tablet; but when joined with a Touch Cover or Type Cover, it transforms into something resembling an Ultrabook. The diversity of the hardware allows businesses and individuals to choose the platform that works best for their needs instead of committing to one form at the expense of the other. It can also provide the benefits of a notebook and a tablet without requiring a business to invest in two pieces of hardware.
4. Faster boot time
Though the usual waiting period is only a matter of seconds, it can feel like an eternity as a computer wakes up from a complete shutdown and finally reaches the Windows login screen--especially if you're at a meeting, where every second counts.
In tests run on the same PC, with fresh installations of each operating system, Windows 8 booted up in less than half the time that Windows 7 took. Windows 8 averaged 17 seconds, compared to 38 seconds for Windows 7.
Real-world mileage can vary significantly depending on the hardware you use. My Samsung Series 7 Slate PC with Windows 8 Pro boots in just over 11 seconds. A faster boot time means that users can get down to business faster when they show up in the morning, or when they boot up an Ultrabook or tablet to share information with a customer.
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