In the Consumer Preview that was launched last month, Microsoft showcased the redesigned ‘Metro’ interface. This change in the design is the most conspicuous and widely discussed topic. In addition to it, below are some more features that caught our eye.
The task manager was redesigned and optimized for the most common scenarios. Based on their research, Microsoft found that people mostly use two tabs – Applications and Processes of the task manager around 85% of the time. Therefore the interface is simplified and makes it easy to kill misbehaving apps. Processes are grouped for easier identification and it also comes with friendly names for processes. It also comes with a search context menu to search the web about mysterious processes like fussvc.exe
Windows 8 gets rid of the search box altogether and Search happens by default. Just start typing the name of the app you want at the Start screen and tiles start vanishing. Two sets of results are displayed with their program icons on the left and on the right-hand side categories of Apps and Settings are showed with their count. Clicking on Settings takes you to the Control Panel options that have the typed word.
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Similar to iOS, Windows 8 allows syncing of apps and settings across Windows 8 Systems. For this it encourages users to sign in with a Windows Live ID. Customizations like colors, avatars and wallpapers can be synced automatically.
Swiping and hot corners
Metro interface makes moving around effortless even without a mouse. Basic icons called ‘Charms’ take you to settings, Start Screen and attached devices. Charms appear when you move the cursor to the lower right corner. Similarly you can get the apps you were using by hovering the cursor in the upper left corner. Metro apps are not closed when you move away from them; they will be in memory until some other program needs the resources.
Refreshing and Resetting PC
Refresh your PC setting allows to reinstall the OS on top of itself, without losing the data or removing applications. This could be the killer feature of Windows 8 as frequent reinstalling and losing previous data is a big pain. ‘Reset your PC and start over’ setting provides a fresh installation and is handy when you want to sell your PC without worrying about somebody misusing your data.
Microsoft is spending lot of effort in understanding and addressing the usage patterns and pain areas is a good sign for Windows 8, these features definitely have us even more eager to see how it will work on a tablet and for a desktop pc for that matter!
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