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My Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Sneak Peek at the Windows 8 Public Beta by Katherine Murray

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Introduction

Are you ready for something completely different?

What if you could trade your standard-issue Windows 7 background for something vibrant, colorful, alive? What if the accounts you check most often—like Facebook, your stocks, or national headlines—could update automatically, bringing the information you want right to your desktop?

What if you could search seamlessly and find an app to help you accomplish something you need to do today, and then download and install it in seconds from the Windows Store?

Or maybe you’d like to be able to interact with your operating system in much the same way you use your phone, tapping and flicking and swiping to display files and folders and webpages.

Whether you’re hoping for a faster, smoother, ...

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