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  • Windows 8 - Love It or Hate It

    By Alan Salmon Windows 8 is the most significant update to Windows since Windows 95 was released, seventeen years ago. Microsoft has completely changed the initial experience – the process by which we start working with your computer when the screen comes on. It has replaced the "desktop" with a series of large tiles which you swipe (with a finger, if you're using a tablet or touchscreen laptop, or mouse) from side to side. "Modern UI", as it is called, has big tiles without the "Close" or "Minimize" or "Maximize" buttons from previous Windows versions. The old Windows desktop is still there but it is hidden one layer down. If you want to access it, you click or touch on a tile called "Desktop" and you will be in Windows 7. All your applications show up as tiles on the Windows 8 Start screen. You can also search for an application by typing its name when you are in the Start screen. The results list autosorts as you type more characters. However, not all desktop applications appear on the Start screen by default. Some accessory apps, such as Paint, live in the Apps screen. You can force these programs to appear in the Start screen by right clicking them to select them and then clicking Pin to Start at the bottom of the screen. Getting to the Apps screen is easy: Right click a blank area in the Start screen and then click the All apps icon at the lower right. However, this is a change from previous versions of Windows. In the past, right clicking an object on the desktop always brought up a context menu, giving you a choice of actions to take. In the Windows 8 interface (but not the desktop); right clicking now produces a bar at the bottom of the screen containing assorted context-sensitive items. This arrangement makes sense with a touch-based display such as a tablet. (Context-clicking still works the same way when you are in the Windows desktop.) Live tiles are a key feature of the Windows 8 Start screen. While normal (non-live) tiles measure 150 by 150 pixels, most...