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The settings bar is also only a swipe and a tap away, giving you a rich and up-to-date view of your network and other controls. From here, you can change your language settings, the brightness of the device or screen (if you are on a tablet), see your notifications from other applications and alter the volume. You can also access application preferences here, too.
Notifications are also different, here in Windows 8. Sporting the new Metro user interface, it appears when a system-change has occured. In this case, a USB drive has been plugged in and a list of available options appear. These options can include configuring it for backup, speeding up the computer -- or simply opening the device to the desktop. Other devices will react differently, such as optical media or external peripherals.
The new Internet Explorer (version 10) is just as you would expect -- with a vaguely 'Mac'-style feel about it, with the high-quality font rendering. It has much of the same content and feel about it to the Windows Phone 7 browser, but a long way is yet to go before all sites will be compatible. Other browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, work well on Windows 8.