Microsoft's Windows 8 includes a host of new features and capabilities to keep desktop PCs a centerpiece of business and consumer computing in the age of smartphones and tablets.
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The new Start menu serves as both a launchpad and a dashboard--a way to see at-a-glance activity for many different kinds of data via Live Tiles, and a way to quickly access common apps. It has been refined a bit since the first public betas, but the underlying metaphor hasn't changed in any major way.
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