The Windows 8 touch operating system has the Microsoft’s Metro design language.
There has been little change seen in the Windows 8 Release Preview after the release of the consumer Preview in February and Developers Preview that was presented in September 2011 Windows 8. Little change has been seen since the consumer Preview in February and even the Developers Preview that was presented in September 2011.
Even though the reviews say that the idea of hybrid tablet and desktop operating system is not widely accepted, Microsoft is determined to keep working on it. Steven Sinofsky, the chief of “Windows” says that “the new OS will enter the final phase of RTM process in about two months.” Hence, the devices will be put on the racks in winters.
The Windows 8 touch operating system has the Microsoft’s Metro design language that was first witnessed in Windows Phones. The Applications are separate from each other and will have to installed from the Microsoft’s store. There is also an application for the old windows desktop.
The Adobe Flash has been parched in to Internet Explorer 10. This has been seen even on the Metro despite Microsoft’s claim that it would plugin free. Speaking technically this is true. Microsoft has distributed Flash with IE 10 and updated it through Windows Update. This can run on ARM and x 86 devices as well. However, Flash support is only for the sites on the compatibility list that has been circulated by Microsoft. Flash is working for some main sites but not anywhere else.
There are some new features in IE 10. IE 10 has Do Not Track set to on. However the function of this still depends on whether the website responds expectedly or not. According to the W3C:
“Websites that track users across multiple first-party websites must check for the presence of the Do Not Track user preference. If a website detects that this preference is enabled, it must disable any tracking code or collection of data that can be used for tracking purposes, regardless of the level of identification of the user.”
Microsoft has designed a new feature for multi-page articles, called Flip Ahead which allows the users to swipe to a new page without nay clicking.
There are some new Metro Style Applications in Release Preview including News, Sports and Travel. However, the applications available on the store are very few and not very appealing. There should be more application in the final release that can convince the users that Metro is worthwhile to spend on.
In the Mail applications, although there is still no option of “forwarding” a mail but it allows you to coordinate your emails, whether you want to include your contacts and calendars from each account or not.