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  • 09.10.12

The New Face Of Windows

Goodbye, desktop; hello, modernist grid: To launch an app, click a tile.

The New Face Of Windows

Weather
Live tiles display real-time updates for email, weather, and more, giving immediate context without having to dive into a web page or widget.

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Social
The new social app corrals your fragmented networks–Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn–into one simple hub of status updates.

Store
The Windows Store promises to let users download and install tons of third-party apps (including Netflix and eBay) as easily as on an iPhone.

Xbox Live
The Xbox SmartGlass app will connect tablets and smartphones to TVs, letting users interact with content and turning mobile devices into remote controls.

Live
The mail app features a stripped-down interface that’s minimalist to the core: less clutter, more content.

Maps
Tired of opening your browser, jumping to Google Maps, and looking for directions? Windows 8 gets you there with one click.

About the author

Austin Carr writes about design and technology for Fast Company magazine.

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