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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  • The Windows 8 Metro start screen is the hub of the next Windows, with live tiles that give at-a-glance information and launch both desktop and Metro-style applications. The core Windows 8 applications have new tile designs, with new live information.

  • Windows 8 will allow you to buy additional features, like Media Center and DVD playback, online. In the RP all you can do is install Media Center, using a code from the Windows 8 preview web site. The final version of the wizard will include payment tools.

  • IE10's Metro style view is big and bold, and uncluttered. It's an approach that Microsoft is bringing to many of its other properties, including a new look and feel for its Bing search engine.

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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