First look at Windows 8 Release Preview

Your basic desktop

Yes, there is the basic Windows Desktop and no you do not have to use Metro for anything really if you don't want to.

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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.

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