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Windows 8 IE 10 uses a feature called Flip Ahead for navigation
I also like the way the gesture controls feel natural and intuitive: swiping between apps is predictable and easy.
Again, it needs to be tweaked — it bugs me that swiping backwards (from the left-hand side of the screen to the right) never returns me to the Metro start screen in the same way it would with Windows Phone, for example - but generally it does exactly what you'd expect.
IE 10's 'Flip Ahead' feature also makes excellent use of a touchscreen. Flip Ahead just lets you navigate to the next page of a multi-page story, or open a related link just by swiping forwards, from right to left. It's simple, but it really works well, and makes browsing much more enjoyable than prodding at back buttons.
As I mentioned a little earlier, I wasn't expecting to write this piece. I don't see Microsoft as a company that delivers slick, easy-to-use UIs, but in this instance it seems my first instinct could be wrong.
Maybe when it launches there'll be bugs, crashes, BSOD and all other manner of problems, but I haven't seen any of that so far.
All I know right now is that I have a tablet that boots from cold to the lock screen in less than 10 seconds, has an engaging and easy to use UI but still runs every desktop app I've got on my other Windows 7 laptop, and for that Microsoft deserves some praise.
Time will tell if the RT version of the OS runs as smoothly, but Microsoft will have a tougher time on its hands with me because I now have expectations that it will actually be good.