Video: Windows 8 First Impressions

First Impressions

The first thing you notice about the updated Windows 8 interface (known in Microsoft tech speak as the ‘Modern UI’) is how the ‘Start menu’ has been replaced by the now infamous ‘Start screen’ (see screenshot below). Essentially this is the ‘Start menu’ but in a full screen format, and it replaces the ‘Desktop’ as the default view once you’ve logged in. In a similar fashion to the old desktop it’s possible to personalise the layout of the ’tiles’ (the interactive icons which replace ‘shortcuts’) used to access the new smart phone-esque ‘Apps’ (downloadable from the Windows Store). You can also personalise the start menu as you would the old desktop.