Windows 8 Eight

6.2.9200 · Version 1210

6.2.9200.16384 29 October 2012

Start

  • The right side bar has been dropped and the start screen now takes the full width
  • The small tile size has been introduced
  • Users can now freely resize tiles, the wide tile is only available if the app supports it

Interface

  • There are now 20 accent colors (though carriers and OEMs can add even more)
  • The lock screen has been redesiged with new functionality
  • Multiple logos have been updated to match the 2011/2012 brand update within Microsoft

Features

  • Internet Explorer has been updated to version 10 with improved support for HTML5 and CSS3
  • Improved background multitasking
  • Navteq replaced Bing technologies for mapping
  • Native Bitlocker encryption
  • Manage devices remotly like with Windows
  • VoIP and video chat integration in Phone and People hub
  • Support for taking screenshots
  • Improved SkyDrive integration to sync more data
  • Data Sense tracking to improve data usage to the situation of the device
  • Kids corner, a separate environment with its own start screen
  • Rooms in the People hub
  • Live apps
  • Camera
    • Lenses (like a barcode scanner, etc.)
    • Burst mode to make multiple pictures at once and select the best
    • Build-in Photosynth technology

Apps

  • Support for in-app purchases

System technologies

  • The Windows CE 7 kernel has been replaced with Windows NT 6.2
  • Update over-the-air
  • Support for multi-core CPUs with a max of 64 cores
  • Support for 1280x720 and 1280x768 screens
  • Support for MicroSD cards
  • Support for Secure Boot
  • Finished support for NFC (as the Tango update already added this partially)
  • Support for C and C++ apps
  • Simplified porting of Windows 8 apps