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SLIDESHOW: The Best Features Of Windows 8 (MSFT)

 SLIDESHOW: The Best Features Of Windows 8 MSFT

Based on the deluge of blogger headlines, some consumers may be under the impression that Windows 8 has taken a few steps back in terms of OS innovation.

On the contrary, Windows 8 simply does things differently.

Underneath those differences (such as the relocation of the popular Start button) is an OS that is more stable than Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) previous iterations.

Best of all, consumers who actually take the time to investigate Windows 8 (that is, those who sit down and use it for a day or two -- preferably with a touch screen) will be pleasantly surprised.

Read on to find out why.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.

Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ

  • Instant On (Nearly)

    Instant On (Nearly)

    Even without a solid state drive, Windows 8 boots up in a manner of seconds.

    When coming out of standby, users will find that they can get back to work almost immediately. No lag or sluggish period that kills the experience.

    This is true even when several programs are open. Windows 8 handles the load much better than Windows 7 and its predecessors.

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  • Internet Explorer App

    Internet Explorer App

    Internet Explorer 10 is a vast improvement over the previous iteration.

    Windows 8 features the best edition yet.

    To go back to a previous page, for example, users only have to touch the left side of the screen and slide the page forward.

    Tabs are hidden away to preserve screen real estate. To retrieve them, users can simply touch the top, left, right or bottom of the screen and flick towards the center.

    These are just a few of the cool and seamless elements that are exclusive to the Windows 8 edition of IE.

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  • Programs Load Faster

    Programs Load Faster

    Between the faster processors and the doubled RAM (6GB to 8GB for most Windows 8 machines instead of 2GB to 4GB for most Windows 7 computers), Windows 8 may have an unfair advantage.

    It’s hard not to give Windows 8 some of the credit.

    After all, Windows 7 could be upgraded to a comparable level, but that doesn’t mean it won’t load programs equally as fast.

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  • Search And Launch

    Search And Launch

    One of Windows 8's coolest features is similar to one from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL).

    In OS X, users can quickly load a program by clicking on the search icon, entering a program name and clicking enter. It’s a quick process that’s universally appreciated.

    Now Windows 8 has the same feature.

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  • The Touchable Interface Actually Works

    The Touchable Interface Actually Works

    “No one wants to touch a laptop screen,” the critics argue. “It’s not intuitive.”

    Thus, until Bob and Jane Consumer take a proper Windows 8 laptop or desktop home for a day, they won’t know that the combined controls (mouse/keyboard, touchpad/keyboard and touch screen) actually work.

    They work really well, actually -- so much so that consumers will find themselves using all aspects (mouse/touchpad/touch screen) very frequently.

    There are Windows 8 machines available without a touch screen, but it isn't advised that consumers to miss out on this essential feature.

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  • Two Versions Of Many Programs

    Two Versions Of Many Programs

    Why do consumers need two versions of Internet Explorer and other programs?

    They don’t. But Windows 8 added them anyway, just because.

    After using the OS for a while, consumers will find that they actually like to be able to jump back and forth between the different versions.

    It makes it easy to multi-task. And in general it is a fun feature to use.

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  • The Guts Of Windows 7 Are Tucked Inside

    The Guts Of Windows 7 Are Tucked Inside

    Contrary to popular belief, Windows 8 does not abandon everything that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) previously created.

    Take five minutes to thoroughly explore the desktop mode and you will see that the important stuff (Windows Explorer, task manager, the familiar Windows 7 layout, etc.) is still there.

    The Start button has moved from its previous location, but that’s only because it is not conducive to a touch environment.

    However, Microsoft is adding a pseudo-Start button to Windows 8.1 to rectify this issue.

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