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If you tap a finger anywhere that accepts alphanumeric input, you’ll see an on-screen keyboard like the one shown here. Windows 8 bears a striking number of visual similarities to the Windows Phone OS.
One innovation that should win at least a few fans is the option to reconfigure the keyboard so that its keys are evenly split between the left and right halves. This should please thumb typists.
The new search interface appears when you click or tap the Search icon at the top of the list of charms. Doing so slides out a search pane, with a box at the top where you can begin typing text. If you want to constrain the search to files, apps, or settings, those options are all available. You can also point the search to an app (like Internet Explorer) and send the search to that app.
In this example, I’ve just begun to search the Apps group, narrowing down the list of available apps to the handful shown here.