Windows 8 UI and Charms raised our Future

Windows 8 Charms Microsoft's Windows 8 user interface initially referred to like Metro-inspired, a nod to the company's inner design language, is as astonishing as it is astounding. Taking image elements from Microsoft's Windows Phone design, the Start display is the first thing you will experience when you log in. There is no Start button, no desktop, just rows of colorful, continually changing tiles. The interface can be modified with backgrounds & colors for those wishing to dig deeper. If you have configured a Microsoft account that uses Hotmail or, then you will notice that calendar, contacts and email will automatically appear. If your Microsoft account is connected to Facebook, your Facebook contacts will also show in the People app & its associated tile. Straight away, this different interface already looks like; it is customized to you, with your friends' faces marking away on the People Live Tile & photos you have stored on Facebook or SkyDrive showing up mechanically on the associated Live Tile.
Navigating this fresh user interface is possibly the most controversial feature to Windows 8. There is a steep learning curve here, from navigation to basic tasks as turning off your PC. If you are using Windows 8 on a touchscreen device, swiping from the right will disclose the new Charms, a set of 5 icons that surface the most ordinary tasks in Windows 8. The Charms also reveal significant information such as network status, battery levels, & the time & date. Unlike previous versions of Windows, the time & date are not displayed on the Start screen or whereas you use of any Windows 8-style applications, this can be extremely frustrating if you spend lots of time in the new Windows 8 UI.

Charms can be accessed by mouse, touch, or keyboard 

Windows 8 UI The Search charm is context alert, meaning you can use it to search while you are in an app or to trigger searches across files & settings. A Share charm acts as a way to pass information from one app to another,  sharing a URL to the Mail app such as, however it formats an email with images & a subject rather than just copying & pasting the URL. Devices are fairly self descriptive, offering a basic look at devices you can send content to, for example a printer or a second screen. The Settings charm is one of the more puzzling aspects to Windows 8. Like all other Charms, it is context aware, meaning that you will use it to access settings in every app. It too works as an entry point to quick system-wide settings like network, power, notifications volume, & brightness. I say it is confusing because until you get used to using the Charms, it is often easy to forget that an app has multiple places for settings, with some obtainable visually within the app & others available from the Charms. The approach of Microsoft here is understandable, but it is another learning curve that users need to be aware of. The last Charm is the replacement for the traditional Windows Start button, by a redesigned flag for the Start Charm.

Charms can also be accessed using keyboard or mouse. Microsoft has created hot corners for all 4 edges of Windows 8, with the Charms appearing while you hover over the bottom right or top right corners. This thorny approach is often frustrating & fiddly, mainly on a desktop machine with multiple monitors. Luckily, Microsoft & other accessory makers are creating a no. of touch-based mice & keyboards that contain gestures to trigger the Charms & further aspects to Windows 8. This helps alleviate the pain on a desktop, & laptop users with up to date trackpads can use same gestures to activate the Charms. Unfortunately, if you are upgrading to Windows 8 from older hardware or you do not have a touch mouse or trackpad then this will either frustrate you or you will get used to it in time.
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