TOUCH & TYPE, 8 WIN­DOWS STYLE

TABLETS AND PCS LINES BE­TWEEN OS BLURS THE MI­CROSOFT THE NEW

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Wof months ithin a cou­ple be about all the buzz will new Win­dows 8, the from oper­at­ing sys­tem sys­tems are nothMi­crosoft. Oper­at­ing and you from Mi­crosoft ing new for or be spe­cial. why this will might won­der first OS this will be the To start with, comboth a full-fledged that works for Mi­crosof tas a tablet. And puter as well go­ing for a com­mon has a strong pitch as well for both mouse user in­ter­face— thinks The tech gi­ant as touch in­puts. be­tween stopped choos­ing it is time we work on the kind of de­vices de­pend­ing 8 will strive So, Win­dows we had to do. con­tent that is good for to be an OS con­sump­tion. cre­ation and con­tent the OS first pre­view of We tried the ago. Now we a few months on a lap­top 8 on a de­vice that are try­ing Win­dows

both touch as well is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing oth­ers, We, like many as typed in­puts. same OS about how the were skep­ti­cal and a PC as both a tablet could work in points. good ref­er­ence there were no a Win­dows who have seen While those what to vague idea of Phone have a the-box a very out-of- ex­pect, this is for sys­tems, def­i­nitely take on oper­at­ing a lap­top or desk­top. ON THE TABLET from

UI is dif­fer­ent The Metro style There An­droid in­ter­faces. the IOS and through. screens to swipe are no home an app that tiles here, each The Metro on like a big mo­saic. up­dates live, flow end, to get to the other You can swipe a screen to ini­ti­ate or just pinch the all your which will fit se­man­tic zoom Sim­ple. tiles on the screen. min­i­mal­ist ev­ery­where; The de­sign is

font and white the stress on Hel­vetica set up. right from the is hard to miss a picy­our screen with You can un­lock this we if you want, and ture pass­word the start a great idea. On thought was apps like Mail, screen, the ba­sic pre­and Pho­tos come Cal­en­dar, Peo­ple even the old loaded. In­ter­est­ingly, is an app. It looks Win­dows desk­top been, like it has al­ways and feels just You to an app avatar. but it rel­e­gated the deskprogammes to can down­load as Metro will also ap­pear top, but they there too, save fold­ers tiles. You can best And one of the just like old times. Win­dows 8 on a tablet fea­tures of us­ing co­muse key­board is the abil­ity to key­help of the vir­tual mands with the key­board. pad or a Blue­tooth or viris no chrome— And, yes, there They pop up tual keys—any­where. upon us­ing dif­fer­ent only when called

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