A tour of Windows 8 Release Preview: In pictures

A tour of Windows 8 Release Preview: In pictures

Summary: Microsoft has ironed out many of Metro's rough edges in the Release Preview of Windows 8, and made it a lot easier to use with a keyboard and mouse.


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  • Mail Microsoft has tweaked the Windows 8 Mail application, making it easier to see unread mail in multiple accounts and to switch between mail folders. There's still no support for conversations, though, so you may prefer to continue using Outlook for business mail.

  • Windows 8's Bing-powered news app is an excellent example of what can be done with Metro-style design: it's clear, well designed and easy to use — with a wide selection of news sources from around the world.

  • Similar to the News app, the travel app mixes images and editorial content with tools to help you find hotels and flights, and plan your dream holiday. Its panorama views take advantage of Metro's side-scrolling design.

Topics: Operating Systems, Reviews, Software

Simon Bisson

About Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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