A beautiful Start
Vibrant and beautiful, the Start screen is the new face of Windows. Each tile on the Start screen is connected to a person, app, or whatever else is important to you, and lights up with the latest info.
A new era of PCs
Sleek and lightweight, with fast startup times and long battery life, Windows 8 PCs are built for work and play. If you prefer a touchscreen, a mouse and keyboard, or both, there's a perfect PC for
Go from full-screen game to spreadsheet in one swipe, or snap them side-by-side and do both. Catch up with friends, zip through your files, and get things done faster than ever.
Do more with apps
The more apps you have, the better your experience. Apps can work together and share info, making it easier for you to do what you want.
Feel free to explore
There's an app for everyone. Browse lists of top apps, view staff recommendations, and get personalized picks based on apps you already own. And access is easy—the Store is built directly into Windows 8.
Got an idea?
Now's the time to build apps that'll launch your business worldwide. Download free tools and samples, find design and code resources, and get expert help from Windows Dev Center.
Your Windows, everywhere
Perfect it once, have it always. Sign in to any of your devices running Windows 8 and your personalized settings and apps are right there.
Connected to your people
Your apps light up with connections to your friends and family. Info from the services you connect to—Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more—appears right inside the Mail, Messaging, and People apps.
Connected to your files
You use multiple PCs and a phone. Now you can connect across these devices to SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, and other services, so you can smoothly get to all your photos and files.
1 GHz processor
2 GB RAM
20 GB available hard disk space
1366 × 768 screen resolution
DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Additional Requirements to Use Certain Features
Internet access (fees may apply)
For touchscreen, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch
Microsoft account required for some features
Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
Windows Media Center license sold separately
To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768