Windows 8 aims to answer some longtime Microsoft OS gripes, from slow startup times to mediocre mobile tools.
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Why does Windows 7 hide its search tools, which are something most of use every day? If you want to search for a file or program on your PC, you'll need to click the Start button first. Not exactly intuitive. And to search the Web from the Windows Desktop, you'll need to install a desktop gadget like All Search.
Of course, Windows 7's search tools aren't challenging for seasoned PC users, but there's always room for improvement. Microsoft takes a smarter approach with Windows 8 by adding search to the Start screen. Prominently positioned on the Charms sidebar, the Search app extends across the entire screen when displaying the results of your queries.
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