Take a closer look at Microsoft's radically revamped Windows 8 OS, out now in a consumer preview version. Here's the lowdown on features, apps, hardware, and more.
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The Windows 8 Metro interface is the signature of the new operating system, and one that borrows from Windows Phone 7, which--despite high praise from many reviewers-still hasn't made much of a dent in smartphone market share. However, this user experience is pretty intuitive. It doesn't take much thought. And, by using either the touch or mouse interface, you can do things like go to the bottom left (where the normal Windows Start button would be) to get to your apps; going to the top left corner you can run through your apps, and dragging down slightly lets you see all of your running apps. There are many similar, accessible features built into Windows 8.