Camera Access from the Lock Screen Microsoft saw Windows 8 users displaying photos of their loved ones on their Lock screens, so they figured, why stop at one photo? In Windows 8. Or users can take photos right from the Lock screen with the built-in camera. The new lock screen doesn't just pull in your photos-- it displays images taken within the year from that day's date. Microsoft bundles this app for free without requiring a subscription, and the app integrates with other applications such as Internet Explorer.
This means if you visit a website for a music festival or concert, Xbox Music will automatically match artists and songs to those listed on the website and create a playlist for you. For example, typing in a query will pull up relevant apps such as Wikipedia, related searches, and search results that provide a preview of what the Web page will look like before following the link.
Swiping to the right will reveal thumbnail views of each search result. In addition to letting users browse recipes, the app helps you pair wine and cocktails with your dishes and explore tips from world renowned chefs.
So, for instance, clicking on a picture within an email will launch the image in the photo app alongside the Windows 8 mail application. Similarly, tapping a link in an email will open the Web page in Internet Explorer in a separate window alongside the Mail app. The ability to run multiple apps simultaneously will also improve, with snap views so you can see more than two apps on your screen and resize those apps, rather than having one main and one docked app as in Windows 8.
That way, you can literally build your interface to look exactly how you like. Plus, users can have the same app running on multiple windows, such as Internet Explorer, for improved multitasking capabilities.
Here's how to find your Windows 8 or 8. If you're new to Windows 8, purchasing Windows 8. Sometimes you can find a less expensive boxed copy of Windows 8 before the 8.
Your second option, useful if you have experience working with ISO images, is to download Windows 8. Please note, however, that unlike buying Windows 8 new, a Windows 8 download from Microsoft doesn't get you the product key you need to activate Windows. Pick the Windows 8.
Unless there's a specific reason to pick another option, most people should select Windows 8. Choose your language, and select Confirm. Choose the Windows 8. There's both a bit and bit download option. Your final option is to download Windows 8. You'll get a copy of Windows 8. This is a professional subscription program available for purchase by anyone but designed for software developers. The Visual Studio subscription program is anything but cheap.
Unless you're a software developer or some other professional IT person that needs access to multiple operating systems, a Visual Studio subscription probably isn't a cost-effective way to legally download Windows 8. If you already have a Windows 8 or 8. Here's how to install Windows 8 or 8.
It's important to follow the disc or USB creation instructions linked above if you want to put your Windows 8 download on a DVD or flash drive. You can't boot to the Windows 8 media just by downloading the ISO directly onto the disc or drive.
A very specific process, explained in those links, is what you need to follow to make the Windows 8 download bootable. Legal issues aside, these Windows 8 downloads, unlike the official ones from Microsoft, run the very serious risk of containing a surprise or two.
It would be very unfortunate to install Windows 8 on your computer and be automatically infected with a virus. Please know that when you pay for Windows 8, what you're actually paying for is the product key used to activate Windows 8.
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Let us show you how to be prepared. However, all Windows versions can be found for less at other retailers. Retailers sometimes offer better deals on product key cards.
Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find them for Windows 7 or 8. The Microsoft License Advisor tool can be used to generate a quote without calling the hotline. There are also deals for governments, charities, and non-profits.
Check with the IT department to see if they offer discounts on Windows and other Microsoft programs to employees. Download Windows Enterprise Evaluation Microsoft offers free evaluation copies of Windows Enterprise for businesses seeking to switch to Windows or upgrade older machines. Currently, evaluation licenses are available for Windows 8, Windows 8. We show you the pros and cons of using a Microsoft Account with Windows. The catch? When the evaluation period expires, your computer will begin to shut down automatically every hour.
Buy Used Keys or Computers You can find deals on used keys in the usual places like Craigslist or eBay, but proceed with caution. People with access to these free or low-cost sources for Windows keys flip them for profit.
If you do buy from an individual, and you want to stay legit, carefully evaluate your purchase. Only buy those from a business or person your trust.