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Instead of, unlike previous versions, splashing a vast array of options on screen, Windows 8 prefers to do it simply and in stages. Using the new Metro user interface, it is cleaner, more efficient, and easier to read. It's also designed for tablets and touch-screen PCs in mind.
As with previous versions of Windows, a wireless or wired Internet connection is key to getting up and running. Though strictly speaking an Internet connection is not required to access Windows, you will soon see why it is so important -- partly down to the roaming user profiles provided by Windows Live ID.
The touch-friendly interface is key to Windows 8. Designed for PCs and tablets ("slates") in mind, tablets are more to-the-chest and personal devices. Windows setup gives you the option to display your password, in case the touch-screen is not properly aligned yet or the user has yet to get used to it.