New Windows 8 Start Button

Microsoft has revealed part of its new Windows 8 user interface.

The software giant is making a subtle change to its iconic Windows Start button. The new button appears to be more flat with pastel colors, reflecting Microsoft’s adoption of the Metro design language it now uses throughout the company. Microsoft revealed the new start button in its latest building Windows 8 video (see below) relating to file copy, move and delete dialog boxes in the next version of Windows. Microsoft revealed its new Windows 8 user interface back in June. The Windows 8 UI is crafted to support the latest PC form factors, including tablets and hybrid laptops. The main elments of the user interface include:

  • Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
  • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
    Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
  • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
  • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
  • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

Microsoft will detail and release a Windows 8 Developer Preview at its BUILD conference next month. Stay tuned for full coverage of Windows 8 and BUILD at

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