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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  • 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.

  • If you're using the Windows Mail application with an Exchange server you'll need to accept the server's EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) security policies before you can synchronise your mail. You'll find EAS increasingly important in Windows 8, as it's the backbone of Microsoft's BYOD support for WinRT.

  • Windows 8's new Family Safety feature monitors the online behaviours of your children, so you can ensure they remain safe online. Reports are uploaded to a Windows Live service, where you can see just what they've been doing with a PC — both online and with local apps.

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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