We pry open a copy of Microsoft's first public release of Windows 8.
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The Search screen now comes up automatically if you start typing in the Start menu. Note how the system segregates searches type, a nice touch that makes resulting screens less cluttered. One major thing that's so far missing here is all the right-click functionality that is available in current Windows versions. On XP, Vista and Windows 7, you right-click on a search result item to display the full contextual menu for that item. With Metro search results, you can't do that yet. So far, anyway, all I could do was click directly on the item to launch it. That's a net loss of functionality. Further irony: it's possible to just hover over a search result to get a little more information about it, but I couldn't actually copy or export any of that information. It's strictly visual. I'm assuming there will be a way to default to the old Search functionality in the release code – I won't be the only person asking for this, I'm sure. The new Search is more visually appealing, but it's way less useful at this stage in the game.