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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.