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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  • Microsoft is also integrating Xbox with Windows 8, with a Metro application that looks a lot like the recent Metro update to the Xbox user interface. You can use the app to customise and edit your Xbox avatar, and stay in touch with friends and rivals.

  • The Windows 8 Store now has a set of tools for quickly reinstalling apps you might have uninstalled, or purchased on another PC. You can select the apps you want to download and push them onto your PC.

  • Although YouTube has an HTML5 UI, it's still not as capable as its Flash tools — another reason why Microsoft has had to add limited Flash support to its Metro-style IE10.

    Screenshots: Simon Bisson/ZDNet UK 

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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