We pry open a copy of Microsoft's first public release of Windows 8.
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The new Start menu, built as a Metro application, fills the entire screen. On a touchscreen, you simply swipe left or right to browse the menu.
With a mouse, you just click on the scrollbar at bottom or use the arrows to move around. This is pre-beta software – it's possible Microsoft will change the exact implementation of the Start menu over time. But it's obvious Microsoft is trying to make accessing apps easier. You won't hunt as much for your most frequently used apps. Note the tiles here – these feature weather, Twitter feeds or stock quotes – and they're updated live.
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