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Windows 8: The new UI 

By  Prayaas

Windows 8. Do you think Microsoft forgot it after releasing the Release Preview? Of course not. You’re gonna’ be seeing a radical change in the way Windows appears and feels. In the Pre-RTM builds, Microsoft has already started off with a new UI. The new UI is not Metro, as you know it, but something new for desktop. The desktop didn’t match with the Start Screen, right? Now, everything’s gonna’ match! :)

Here’s a sneak peek into the new UI:

Windows 8 RTM
This is how the Windows 8 RTM desktop’s gonna’ look like. ;)
The new Windows 8 title bars
The new Windows 8 title bars. :)

It looks so cool! Everything is like Metro now, and that rocks! Like the new control buttons? Here’s an even close look!

That's how it should look. Simple, Clean and Modern
That’s how it should look. Simple, Clean and Modern

There’s not just the UI that Microsoft is concerned about. A lot’s going on under the hood. These are the last few days of Windows 8 Development. RTM (Release To Market) builds are being readied for the public! Many builds under the number 8500, have been compiled as RTM Candidate builds. Windows Team is now working on fixing the last-minute showstopper, the same old, annoying bugs. Till now, the RTM is really bug free! It’s much better in experience than the Previews. After all, they were just previews! ;)

There’s still no information as to whether 8500 will be the final RTM build or 8600 or what. That’s a top-secret thing going on. However, as said before, other than bug fixing, there’s a lot going on. You can expect last-minute dramatic changes to Windows 8 for the RTM. Yes, that’s right. It’s taking an unusual turn.

In the //Build conference, Microsoft said:

In 1995, Windows changed the PC. //Build will show you how Windows 8 changes everything.

Yes. It is changing everything! You probably know what Windows Explorer is. It’s renamed. Now it is File Explorer! :D Wanna’ check out the proof from a 843x Post Release Preview build? Here it is:

Windows Explorer is now File Explorer
Windows Explorer is now File Explorer

Far as it goes, it’s not just the Window Border that is tweaked. The taskbar is also getting changed and perhaps the whole icon set! (Not sure on that, though).

For the best Windows experience yet, I’d suggest you to go with a Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro. It really rocks and is coming in November. ;) A handy tablet which is actually a fully powered i5 PC. Cool enough?

Microsoft Surface: The iPad Killer
Microsoft Surface: The iPad Killer

This tablet of course beats the iPad and Android tablets! They run on a mobile phone OS. This one can run everything your desktop or laptop does! Do you understand? Just a little touch device can now replace your PC! :D

P.S. Thanks to Canouna, Jim (MSFT), Win8China and Neowin for the tips. ;)

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