A first look at the Windows 8 Developer Preview

Desktop Options enabled

With the Desktop option turned on, you can get to a list of folders and applications much like from the Windows 7 Start Button. This too will be something of a change in pholiosophy - something we will have to explore in detail.

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.