Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Windows 8 gets a facelift with RTM

If you have installed any prior release of Windows 8 in the past, you will be pleasantly surprised at the new look and feel of Windows 8 RTM!

The overall look and feel resembles a much more colorful interface similar to what we have been used to in the days of Windows 7 and Windows Vista:

Even the new Metro Start menu interface is far more colorful and pleasant than the earlier releases of the Metro interface that we have seen in the past:

Even the Task Manager is much more pleasing to look at now that it displays icons of the actual applications/programs that are running on your system:

Unfortunately, one of the hidden features I have discovered with Windows 8 is that the "minimize" button to minimize apps/windows on the desktop which is readily visible in Windows 7 (through its outdentation) is no longer visible in Windows 8!!  Oddly enough, however, if you click on the bottom right hand corner where the minimize button is "supposed to be" as it was in Windows 7, the minimize function works as expected!!  I am not quite sure why Microsoft decided to complete hide/mask the visibility of the minimize button, but it is there for those of us who like to use it.

Of course, you can continue to use the Windows shortcut keys to perform minimizations as well as described here (

If you are interested in reading further about some of the new enhancements in Windows 8, check out this article:


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