I need to do some communication between 8051 micro-controller and PC . There used to be a hyper terminal for this purpose in windows XP. I m using windows 8 now. So can anyone suggest me some equivalent of hyper terminal in windows 8 for the purpose of serial comm. between micro-controller and PC.
HTerm is a gem!
I highly recommend you give it a try. While not being a pure terminal, it supports some nice features like (optional) concurrent display of Ascii, Hex, Dec and Bin. Its very straightforward to use and consists of a single exe file without any special dependencies.
I've used this on WinXP and Win7 without problems.
I use ScriptCommunicator. It has many features and a very useful script interface: http://sourceforge.net/projects/scriptcommunicator/
example script GUI:
I like Terminal. It has a very easy to use interface, macro capability, and quick graphing tools.
I generally use RealTerm. However I have had problems sometimes with it locking up in Windows 7, particularly with virtual COM ports like USB.
So I got a copy of HyperTerminal Private Edition, by Hilgraeve Inc. which is the company that wrote the original HyperTerminal for Microsoft. They indicate it works with Windows 7, 8, and Vista. As others have said, it isn't that great a terminal program but it was able to connect to a virtual COM port in Windows 7 on a development board that RealTerm was unable to.