Windows has been reimagined to focus on your life. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight laptops, to PCs and large, powerful all-in-ones with high-definition screens.
Windows 8 is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7, but it’s been improved on all fronts. You can install Windows 8 on the same hardware that powers Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and you’ll love how it works on new devices, too. Windows 8 was designed with Windows 7 apps in mind, because you probably have older apps you need to use.
Sign in to your Windows 8 device with your Microsoft account and you’re immediately connected to the people, files, and settings you care about. Your PC comes to life with all the things that make Windows yours, including your Start page, themes, language preferences, browsing history, and browser favourites.
In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse great apps, all grouped in easy-to-find categories. We highlight great apps for you and provide quick access to frequently downloaded apps. You won’t have to worry about buying something you don’t want because you can try before you buy, if the app supports it.
Manage devices, security and IT policies more easily with Domain Join and Group Policy. Domain Join connects Windows 8 Pro devices to your business network domain for easy device management. Group Policy helps enforce password rules and IT policies, as well as makes managing user access a snap.
BitLocker drive encryption helps protect corporate data on mobile PCs that include a TPM chip. BitLocker now encrypts hard drives more quickly, helping to keep your data safe without interrupting your productivity. BitLocker now supports encrypted drives, too.
Remote Desktop Connection lets you connect to your work computer from home and access all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were actually sitting in front of your computer at work.
1 GHz or faster
1366 x 768 screen resolution
Internet access (fees may apply)
1366 × 768 screen resolution, DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Microsoft account required for some features | Watching DVDs requires separate playback software | Windows Media Center license sold separately. See for full details.