Windows 8

Windows 8 is the latest OS from Microsoft.

Windows 8 starts up faster, switches between apps faster, and uses power more efficiently than Windows 7, and is optimised for running on Slate and Touch PCs (such as the Microsoft Surface).

Your pictures, files, and settings are easily synced through the cloud, so you can get to what you need almost anywhere. If your PC is running Windows 7, your files, apps, and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8.

Windows 8 Logo

Everything you care about most is on the new Start screen. Tiles on the Start screen are connected to people, apps, folders, photos, or websites, and are alive with the latest info, so you're up to date at a glance. Windows 8 is perfect for PCs with only a mouse and keyboard, those with touchscreens, and those with both. Plus, Sign in with your Microsoft account to any of your PCs running Windows 8 and you'll immediately see your own background, display preferences, and settings.

In June 2012 Microsoft announced the Surface - a New Family of PCs for Windows.

Designed to be a seamless transition between consumption and creation, with extensive investment in industrial design and real user experience.

  • Full sized USB port and 16:9 ratio - the industry standard for HD.
  • The casing is created using VaporMg
  • Has an integrated kickstand for ease of transition from active to passive interaction.
  • 3 mm Touch Cover which senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling touch typing faster than an on-screen keyboard. Plus it comes in selection of different colours.

Two models of Surface will be available:

  • ARM Processor featuring Windows RT, and will be available with the general availability of Windows 8.
  • Third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro will be available 90 days after the Windows RT model.

The Windows Store

Windows 8 comes with a new store for apps, the Windows Store. And Black Marble can help you develop your own apps either for deployment through the Store or as Line of Business apps within your organisation.


Black Marble has been certified by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Application Acceleration Programme (MAAP) to deliver Windows 8 solutions for their customers.

If your organisation has a Microsoft account manager then you may be eligible for assisted funding for the development of a line-of-business Windows 8 Application. Please get in touch with your Account Manager or with Black Marble for more information and for guidance on whether your company is eligible.

Get in touch with Katy on +44 1274 300175 for more details on how we can help design, develop and deploy your own Windows 8 application.

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