Microsoft Windows 8 is the name of the recently released operating system, in the Microsoft Windows line. It is a "landmark development", in operating systems, made by Microsoft, trending towards a more "mobile phone" interface. Windows 8 will be the first Microsoft operating system, with support for ARM processors, also trending towards the mobile phone market.
Windows 8 was first announced in early January, 2011, at the Consumer Electronics Show. Shortly after, it was shown first time, at the Taipei (Taiwan) Computex 2011. By April, 2011, the first version of Windows 8 was leaked, to Beta Archive, a popular peer2peer website. Uploads to websites like the Pirate Bay soon followed, regardless of legal threats by Microsoft. By the end of April, Microsoft realized it was fighting a losing battle, and publicly made Windows 8 available on its website.
- Metro UI, the new User Interface, that will be more appealing to mobile phone customers. It was written in C++, with large portions of C libraries being recycled. New apps for it can be acquired through the upcoming Windows Store.
- Internet Explorer 10, which will act as an app, not as a full blown application. It will run of the Metro UI libraries.
- Intergration with SkyDrive. This will allow users to log in with thier Windows Live Profiles. It is believed that the same can be achieved with an XBox Live account.
- Mobile Phone authentication methods. Following Linux Android's suit, users will now be able to log in with a graphical drawing, by connecting dots, or a 4 digit pin, in addition to the password.
- Hybrid boot, to allow the computer to boot faster.
- Refresh and Reset, that allow a computer to be either "refreshed", brought back to ordinary settings, without losing files, and reset, which formats the hard drive, and returns it to an OEM state.
Surveillance and Privacy
Windows 8 can aggregate "sensitive user information" that could be used to "understand the conditions and activities of our national economy and society", and alleged that per documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the U.S. government had worked with Microsoft to retrieve encrypted information.
- Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Youtube, Yahoo
- NSA and other intelligence mass surveillance: PRISM.
- Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
- Asset forfeiture
- Wiretap - Roving wiretap
- Tails operating system and Tor browser
- Open source Free software not Microsoft-Apple-Google-Android
- Unalienable rights of the Bill of Rights: First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment
- Right to Privacy and Common law privacy rights
- Conservative values and Libertarian American values of Limited government and liberty
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Encryption: Cryptography-Cryptanalysis-Cryptology-Data encryption-Public-key encryption
- Prism-break.org - Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora.
- Duck Duck Go search engine instead of Google, Yahoo and Bing
- Hologram of Liberty - The Constitution's Shocking Alliance With Big Government by Boston T. Party a.k.a.Kenneth W. Royce
- One Nation, Under Surveillance - Privacy From the Watchful Eye by Boston T. Party
- Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986
- Privacy Act of 1974
- Edward J. Snowden - whistle blower of unconstitutional warrentless mass domestic surveillance by big government Police state
- Bright, Peter. (2011-09-18) Making the lives of IT easier: Windows 8 Refresh, Reset, and Windows To Go. Ars Technica. Retrieved on 2011-10-14.
- "Help make mass surveillance of entire populations uneconomical! We all have an unalienable right to privacy, which you can exercise today by encrypting your communications and ending your reliance on proprietary products and services."