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The Pattern Login is specifically designed -- similar to Android devices and the iPhone -- to allow quick and easy access to your computer based on a simple pattern, specifically for tablet and touch devices.
A new feature, discovered during the installation of the .NET Framework, integrates installations into the operating system, by allowing features to be turned on and off as and when appropriate. This could cut down the need to restart during installations.--
To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.