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The Best Windows 8 Features And Innovations (PICTURES, VIDEO)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/13/11 08:11 PM ET   Updated: 11/13/11 05:12 AM ET

The Windows Build Conference keynote on Tuesday gave us all an in-depth look at the cool things that Windows 8 will be able to do.

With options for using the operating system in two views--the PC-friendly classic "Desktop View" and the tablet and touchscreen-friendly "Metro View"--Windows 8 certainly offers an exciting new look.

While Microsoft's OS is not yet ready for release, speculation points to some time in early 2012.

According to Windows and Windows Live President Steve Sinofsky, Windows 8 offers "hundreds" of new features. We've picked the eight that made us sit up in our seats when they were unveiled. Take a look through the slideshow (below) and tell us which you're most excited for. Do you think Microsoft left out any features? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Read on to see what else is new with the redesigned Windows OS.

Touchscreen Password To Unlock
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The Microsoft team showed off a neat new password system to unlock Windows 8 computers. When your computer is locked, normally you have to type in a text password to regain access to the system; Windows 8 gives the user an option to unlock via a combination of touches and swipes, which might sound familiar to Android users.



When setting up your password, you choose a picture, and you select where on the picture you want to tap and swipe in order to unlock the screen. For example, at the Windows Build conference, Windows Corporate Vice President Julie Larson-Green showed off her picture-password: a photo of her daughter (above) standing on a pier holding a glass of lemonade appeared, and Larson-Green tapped on her daughter's nose, then on the glass of lemonade, then drew a line from the edge of the pier to the edge of the glass of lemonade. Voila! The screen was unlocked.
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