Windows 8 Offers Internet Explorer 10, Ribbon, Apps Galore

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2012-03-05
 
 
 

Lock-Screen

Windows 8's lock-screen offers at-a-glance info on battery life and connectivity.

Lock-Screen

Start Screen

Windows 8's start screen embraces the same Metro design aesthetic that increasingly defines Microsoft's products, from Windows Phone to the new Xbox dashboard.

Start Screen

Windows Store

In a bid to compete against Google Android and Apple's iOS and Mac OS X, Microsoft is offering an app storefront that it hopes third-party developers will soon fill with must-have apps.

Windows Store

App Purchase

Downloading an app to Windows 8 is a very quick process, reminiscent of what you'd find with Windows Phone, iOS or Google Android. 

App Purchase

App Install

App installation is likewise a breeze.

App Install

App Tiles

Once added, an app appears as one of many tiles on the start screen.

App Tiles

Calendar

Preinstalled Windows 8 apps also adhere to the Metro design aesthetic.

Calendar

Xbox Live

With apps on both Windows Phone and now Windows 8, Xbox continues to play an integral role in the Microsoft ecosystem.

Xbox Live

Thumbnails

Users can see which apps are currently running on their Windows 8 machine.

Thumbnails

Internet Explorer

As part of the Consumer Preview, Microsoft is providing Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5, specifically tailored to Windows 8 devices.

Internet Explorer

Windows Explorer

One click or tap will deliver the user from the Metro-style start screen to a desktop interface, with access to elements such as Windows Explorer. This view is familiar to anyone who's used Windows in the past.

Windows Explorer

Ribbon

However, Microsoft has made some changes to the "traditional" interface, including the addition of a version of its ribbon interface to Windows Explorer.

Ribbon

Maps

The preinstalled map app, useful for tablet owners looking for a way from Point A to Point B.

Maps

Metro

Users can "zoom" out to see all their tiles in a macro-view.

Metro

Widgets

Hovering the mouse (or a finger) over the bottom-right side of the screen will bring up a series of widgets that govern search, settings and other options.

Widgets

SkyDrive

SkyDrive lets users store their work in the cloud—another useful feature for mobile users.

SkyDrive

Weather

The weather app at work.

Weather

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