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06/26/2013

Microsoft (finally) hits reboot on Windows 8

Windows81Previewloc_PageMicrosoft his hitting the reboot switch with Windows 8, releasing a preview edition of the operating system that seeks to please those turned off of the drastically different operating system.

Starting now, anyone can download a preview version of the new operating system to see what all the fuss is about.

The new features aren’t going to be massive surprises for anyone who has used Windows 8. Microsoft is addressing the major complaints people had with the operating system.

For starters, the Start button in Windows 8.1 is making a return, letting users get access to their apps and files through a hierarchical click of the button.

Also, Microsoft is letting users boot their computer straight to the Desktop – the way most people are familiar with loading their computers.

Search is also being ramped up – becoming more universal for apps and the Internet (powered by Microsoft’s Bing, no less).

At their Build developer’s conference, MS execs also said apps such as Facebook and Flipboard are coming to Windows. These are two popular apps that are long overdue for Windows 8.

Do you think these moves will help Windows 8 succeed? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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