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Beginning Windows 8 by Mike Halsey

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CHAPTER 2

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Finding Your Way Around Windows 8

The first thing that you notice when you use Windows 8 for the first time is the new interface. It is very much unlike anything that we’ve ever seen on the desktop, and on initial inspection, it seems very focused on tablet devices.

The new Start screen dates back to early versions of Windows Media Center, but perhaps in a more pronounced way, to Microsoft’s Zune HD media player, which was released in 2009.

The main purpose of the Start screen is to use the types of iconography that are commonly found in our daily lives to help us get information quickly and easily; the familiar signs and symbols that ...

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