A first look at the Windows 8 Developer Preview

Windows Task Manager

CTRL-ALT-DEL still gives you access to the Task Manager and this is where we can see the real change of philosophy in Windows 8. All of the apps that I loaded from Start Page tiles are loaded and waiting for me, just like they would be on a Tablet. It doesn't show it here, but after a time all of the apps went into suspended mode. But they would pop right up if I click their tile again - right at the point I left them.

This is a big change of practice for many Windows-users. That behavior makes since for tablets, but the question is whether this idea will be embraced for Desktop and notebook PCs?

Only time will tell, but finding out should be very interesting.

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