title: Windows 8: Features / url: features

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Windows 8  Features:

Alongside the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was the announcement of a few new features that will be coming to the operating system.

First up is the Metro UI, already seen a fair bit on the interweb the Metro UI is Microsofts interface for Windows 8 that means the OS can be put on Tablets as well as PCs.

Featuring the same tile-based layout that we’ve already seen on Windows Phone the Metro UI favours simplicity over all else with easy access to your most used apps and programs.

he launch of the Windows Store, a dedicated store for finding apps that can be used with Windows 8 and the Metro UI, this includes some that were previewed today including a WordPress app.

There will also be seamless cloud synchronisation between devices using Windows 8, for those people with a Windows Phone handset using SkyDrive will apparently become much easier.

Of course it wouldn't be Windows without Internet Explorer, and sure enough along with the Consumer Preview is there is a platform preview of Internet Explorer 10.

Interestingly there was no mention of Windows Phone and the next release for that device, with Microsoft removing the number from its operating system it could be a sign that the OS will be progressing at its own pace rather than to match Windows 8.