New Metro interface of Windows 8 Developer Preview (build 8102) — available to everybody to download and try — has puzzled me from the first screen. I understand the concept, but I don’t see how it is going to be productive in its way to access programs and present information from the web. Font is not distinctive. If somebody likes clean and neat display, what is Metro going to look like then? This Powerpoint style of bright and big square titles is not new at all. Look at some screenshots below (click to enlarge):
Look at new Control Panel (click to enlarge):
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The “problem” with running of Metro applications is that you cannot close them. If you leave them and run something else, they get “suspended” — look at the new Windows Task Manager (click to enlarge):
And another one:
If you need to disable Metro in Windows 8 Developer Preview, do the following:
Press Windows key + R to get Run command. Type “regedit” and press Enter. In the registry editor find the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled
and change its value from 1 to 0. Restart the computer. You should be done now. But what is the point of running Windows 8 without Metro??
Here’s some hot and useful new keys combinations for Windows 8:
WIN + Q — open search. WIN + Z — flip open applications. Win + Spacebar — change the language / keyboard layout. Win + Y — show the desktop. WIN + W — search on the parameters of the system. WIN + F — Search for files. WIN + I — open a new "Start" menu - "Settings". WIN + K — open a new menu "Start" - "Connections." WIN + K — open a new menu "Start" - "Connections." WIN + O — disable screen rotation (turn off the gyro reaction to the tablets) WIN + C — open a new "Start" menu. WIN + V — switching between notifications. WIN + Shift + V — switching between notifications in reverse order. WIN + Enter — run utilities Narrator, which reads aloud the titles and contents of all the opened windows. WIN + PageUp — move the tiles to the left. WIN + PgDown — move the tiles to the right. WIN + Shift +. — Move the separator [screen] to the left. WIN +. — Move the separator [screen] to the right.
Look how nice the file transfer is displayed:
And a little bit more: