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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Windows 8 multitasks, of course, but there are a few things to note about that. First, the task windows can "dock" on the screen (that is, lock into a spot), and you can resize the windows and move them around. Here you see the messaging app (probably too big) alongside the Top Gear site. The idea seems to be to let the user create a more natural state of multitasking. One other note about multitasking: The OS knows when an app isn't in use and essentially shuts it down from consuming any system resources (no worries, though--the app starts right back up to its previous state when selected).