A version of Microsoft Windows, which received a Codename Midori was released in the year 2012 in October. This Windows version received some major changes by Microsoft as compared to Windows 95. It features latest technology as well as new programming which allows Windows to run smoothly and quickly. It has received a sleek and an efficient look by stripping off all the nonessentials, which gave an amazing feel to the Windows users. This Windows version features Metro, a tablet interface, which is completely compatible with all the touchscreen displays as well as offer the users with an experience to use a traditional Windows Desktop.
The Start Menu and the Start Button have been replaced with the new Start Screen of Windows 8. It is available in both, 32-bit as well as the 64 – bit version, including native USB 3.0 support as well as Internet Explorer 10. To login to Windows 8, the users can easily use their Microsoft account or they can even use other two authenticated methods, specifically developed for this Windows version, i.e. PIN login and picture password. It has got a redesigned Task Manager along with a software for Windows Defender security, including all the capabilities of an anti-virus. This version has been developed by Microsoft by keeping the Xbox Live Integration in their mind.
The system requirements in Windows 8 include RAM of 1GB in 32-bit and of 2GB in 64-bit, hard drive of 16GB in 32-bit and of 20GB in 64-bit, 1GHz processor of faster x64 or x86 and lastly, DirectX 9 graphics device along with WDDM 1.0 or higher.
In October 2013, Microsoft released a free version, Windows 8.1 for its users giving them few amazing features including the return of Start Button on the desktop, more customization options including the resizing of tiles, using the desktop wallpaper as a Start Screen backdrop and new backdrops, apps screen and search box improved, the addition of the new photo lock screen which displays the photos when the computer is locked, loading directly to the desktop and much more.