Windows 8 is just an improvement of windows 7 features. But still there exists some points that are common in both & they are:

  • Windows 8 uses the same management tools that you already use to support Windows 7 in your organization.
  • The Windows 7 desktop features you love, like Jump Lists, the Taskbar, and Snapping, are still there in Windows 8. You can pin items to the taskbar in Windows 8 and you can use thumbnails in Windows 8 too. The desktop experience is just like Windows 7.
  •  In windows 8 you swipe in from the top edge of the screen to display app commands, by simply right-click with the mouse (just like you do in Windows 7).
  •  Returning to the Start screen in Windows 8 is just like opening the Start menu in Windows 7.
  •  In Windows 7, you can quickly run apps by pressing the Windows logo key, typing the name of the app, and pressing Enter. You can do the same thing in Windows 8.
  •  Most advanced configuration options are exactly the same (in windows 8) as in Windows 7. For example, IT pros using features such as Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK) volume activation still have those features available.
  •  The Windows 8 deployment tools and technologies are based on the same tools and technologies that you used for Windows 7. The only differences account for new and improved Windows 8 features, like Windows 8 apps, Windows To Go, and so on.  Implemented through Group Policy, AppLocker in Windows 8 is very similar to Windows 7. However, AppLocker in Windows 8 includes support for Windows 8 apps.

In short, window 8 is just an improvement of windows7, but features of windows 7 are still there.