Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system sees a fresh start for the interface as a whole, but what about classic desktop?
Don’t fear if you’re a die hard Windows power user. Microsoft has kept the fundamentals of Windows unchanged. The default experience for Windows 8 users will force them into a Metro world but power users and even regular users can happily switch between both interfaces. Microsoft provides a desktop tile in the default Windows 8 Start Screen that provides easy access to the desktop. The desktop can also be activated using various shortcut keys like start+d or start+run. Typical Windows “power user” shortcuts will throw end users back into the classic desktop experience.
Microsoft has documented its Ribbon user interface work for Windows 8 and the copy/move file dialogs. The company has also created a new task manager interface designed to simplify by default and provide a strong array of data for those wishing to delve deeper. The interface will provide a great level of detail for running processes but also detail the history of previously run applications, helpful for system admins.
Microsoft’s multi monitor desktop is also improved in Windows 8. Microsoft has included taskbar spanning with a widget based icon that sits on the secondary monitor of a Windows 8 desktop.
Overall power users have nothing to fear other than the fact it appears that the Start Screen interface has fully replaced the Start Menu. Microsoft revealed in June that the Start Screen would replace the Start Menu and there’s no option to change this behaviour in the Windows 8 developer preview. This is an early copy of Microsoft’s Windows 8 work however, things could change later down the line.