A Look into the Windows 8 Developer Preview

September 21, 2011

The Windows 8 Metro Experience Metro, in many ways, is a complete departure from the classic Windows UI, as it is optimized for touch screens. In many ways, touch screen devices are huge targets, not just in regards to operating systems but also with applications. Yes, Windows 7 came with support for multi-touch screens but many users did not think much of it because most of the Windows applications were not conducive with a multi-touch experience. The new Metro start screen is very attractive, showing all of the user’s applications in a collection of tiles such as Internet Explorer, recent documents, photos or frequently used games. Users could also create a tab for their email applications, to reveal their unread email count. The word “could” is used, because not all applications support this functionality, but this might not be the case once Windows 8 is released a year from now. All in all, however, the new Metro start screen could be very convenient because you will be able to see your Twitter feeds, Facebook updates or breaking news all in one place. With the Metro start screen there is another added convenient, where users can search their applications to find a list of installed applications. They can also use the search setting to filter through files and documents as well – which is much like the Windows 7 UI. Windows 8 also comes with Internet Explorer 10, which has a Metro interface. This version does not allow plugins such as Flash or Silverlight because it is optimized for tablet devices, but it is functional on desktops or laptops. One new feature that also makes Windows 8 stand out is the new control panel or “My Computer.” Users will be able to preview their running applications even while accessing the control panel. This makes it possible for users to conveniently switch between two applications. Whether or not you benefit from the new Metro Windows 8 experience is entirely up to the individual user, but in many ways it will make accessing files and applications much more convenient – and fast – regardless of whether you are using a touch screen device or desktop computer.]]>

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Mike Johnson is a writer for The Redmond Cloud - the most comprehensive source of news and information about Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Cloud. He enjoys writing about Azure Security, IOT and the Blockchain.

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