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The New Interface

While Windows Vista and Windows 7 look very similar to one another, albeit except for a few tweaks and minor differences in features, Windows 8 will completely overhaul many aspects of the user interface. While the taskbar and start menu, used in one form or another since Windows 95, will still be there to help people adjust to the changes, there will also be a completely new user interface as well.

1 - The Metro Interface
This new style has been dubbed by Microsoft as the "Metro Style." The inspirations for this new user interface come from the Windows Phone 7 operating system for Smartphones and the interface found on the Xbox 360. Although it is primarily optimized for use with touchscreens, it will also work just as effectively with keyboards and mice. This is welcome since most desktop PC users will continue to use mice and keyboards as their primary input methods.
The Metro interface is composed of application tiles which provide quick and easy one-click access to different programs, games and features. The Metro interface will be the first thing that users see when they log in to Windows. In spite of the changes, however, it will still be possible to return to the regular Windows desktop at any time by clicking on the "Desktop" tile on the start screen.

2 - New Logon Screen
The logon screen in Windows 8 will be easier to customize, but it will also provide some new features of its own. When your computer is locked, the login screen will display notifications for each user such as new emails received. The login screen will also display the date and time. Changing the logon screen background is also easy in Windows 8 whereas, in Windows 7, there is no standard or obvious way of doing this.
The new logon screen will also provide the new "Picture Password" feature in which users, ideally those of touch-screens, will be able to sketch in different areas of an image to log in, rather than typing a password.

3 - Taskbar Changes
The taskbar has become the most used part of Windows since it was first introduced in Windows 95. Windows 8 does not do away with this, but it does add a number of tweaks, extra features and improvements in functionality. The taskbar will be far more customizable than it is in Windows 7. It will also be optimized for working with multiple monitors whereas the Windows 7 taskbar will only span a single monitor unless you download third party software. Different monitors will also be able to display different desktop backgrounds.

4 - Windows Explorer
Windows Explorer is to have a considerable overhaul in Windows 8 while it will still remain familiar to users of previous editions of Windows. The ribbon interface for menu bars found in Microsoft Office 2010 and many Windows 7 applications such as WordPad and Paint will now be provided with Windows Explorer as well. This is designed to make it easier and quicker for people to manage files since the ribbon will display commonly used commands specific to the type of file that is selected.
When transferring files between different folders or drives, there will be a single window in Windows Explorer which will show the status of all file transfers in progress. There will also be an advanced view which will provide information on how much data is left to be copied for each file and how much time it should take.
Windows 8 will finally provide the ability to mount ISO files within Windows Explorer itself. No longer will any third-party software be required to work with ISO files. IMG and VHD files will also be supported and can be mounted within Windows Explorer.


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