New version of Windows eight it looks as if desktop users may be shortchanged.
Windows 8 Preview is one of the biggest changes that Microsoft has made to Windows, moving it from an operating system aimed at a single class of hardware to one that spans to a wide range of devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
For tablets and smartphones the new Metro interface is a clear winner, well designed, simple to use and offering a wealth of apps that brings information directly to users rather than requiring users to search it out.
For owners of traditional Windows based computers the results are mixed, Metro is not as easy to navigate with a mouse and keyboard as it is to touch. The Windows Desktop is less Useful than it was in previous Windows versions, the Start button has been taken away, as a result Windows 8 feels like a transitional operating system.
Despite the growing popularity of tablets most workers are still using desktop PC and laptops.
Metro is patterned after the Windows 7 phone interface and has seen considerable improvements, including the ability to place into customized groups.
Windows 8 boots directly into the Windows 8 Metro Start screen, rather than seeing the traditional Windows Desktop.
Metro apps are live, they can grab information from eleswhere, such as from social networking displays the services or other Internet locations and use it and display it right on the tile itself, so the weather app displays the current weather, a stock app displays current stock prices, a calendar displays current meetings and social networking services. This way you do not have to open many of the apps to reap their benefits all you need is to glance at them on screen, of course you can click on any app to launch it in order to get more information and interact with it.
Metro is very clearly designed for tablets, because the tiles are so large, those that do not display on the screen because there are so many tiles that they scroll off to the right of the screen, on a tablet you use the swipe gesture to see them, on a traditional computer, you need to scroll to the right which is a lot more awkward.
The start screen is easy to customize, so you can make sure that all the apps you use regulary are immediately visible, you can also put tiles into their own groups as an easy way to see related apps at a glance.