Microsoft's performed a few last-minute tweaks to the, banishing the transparency-heavy Aero aesthetic that defines Windows 7, in favour of Metro-infused blocky windows.
A colour picker is also shown, letting Windows 8 customers tinker with the look of open windows.
Its new operating system may be opaque, but Microsoft's motives are truly transparent, going out of its way to match the desktop elements of Windows 8 to the colourful Metro tiles that replace the platform's start screen.
The goal is for Microsoft's latest effort to feel "light and airy", and judging by these new screenshots, I think Ballmer and his buddies may have succeeded. Certainly, compared with, the software is looking pleasantly fresh.
Expect to see the final version of Windows 8 emerging in the next few months. Microsoft has a lot on its plate right now, and is planning on making a 'major' announcement on Monday -- iPad.to compete with the
If you simply can't wait for the proper release of Windows 8, you can download the Facebook wall.to get a taste of what's in store. Or if that's too much effort, you could . If even that sounds too challenging, let me know if you're excited about the new software in the comments or on our
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