- Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
• Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
• Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
• Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
• Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
At the heart of the new interface is a new start screen that draws heavily on
the tile-based interface that Microsoft has used with Windows Phone 7. All of a
user’s programs can be viewed as tiles and clicked on with a touch of a finger.
Windows 8 essentially supports two kinds of applications. One is the classic
Windows application, which runs in a desktop very similar to the Windows 7
The other type of application, which has to be written in HTML5 and
Internet Explorer 10, which is part of Windows 8, has already been configured to
run in this mode, as have several widget-like apps for checking stock prices and
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