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Windows 8 Beta: The Good, The Bad, And The Confusing

The CRN Test Center finds that the refresh feature in the latest Windows 8 beta will be nice once it works.

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Riding On The Metro

The release this week of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview will surely have IT staff wondering how and when they might be asked to migrate customers from their current version of Windows, which for many is still Windows XP.

In the latest beta of Windows 8, which is the first available to the public, Microsoft makes Metro more mouse- amenable. When arranging an individual Metro tile, other tiles rearrange in realtime so to better visualize the new arrangement. When there are more tiles than the screen can hold, the Metro "desktop" now automatically scrolls when the pointer reaches the edge of the screen. This makes mouse navigation much easier; there's no longer a need to visit the bottom scrollbar. However, the mouse still can't swoop the screen.

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