Navigating Windows 8: A Visual Tour

The Windows 8 Metro Start Screen is a bold new direction for Microsoft's flagship operating system. Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is definitely generating its share of buzz. In this video slideshow, CIO.com Assistant Managing Editor Shane O'Neill walks through the new Metro Start Screen and the various Windows 8 apps and navigation features.

Windows 8 Interface: Metro Start Screen

CIO.com's Shane O'Neill gives you an overview of the Metro Start Screen from the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Windows 8: Moving between Metro Screen and Traditional Desktop

If you don't like the Metro Start Screen, there's an alternative - CIO.com's Shane O'Neill shows you how to switch between the new display and the traditional Windows desktop.

Windows 8: What are Charms?

One of the newest features in Windows 8 is the concept of Charms. CIO.com's Shane O'Neill shows you how to access them from the side of the screen.

Windows 8: The Windows App Store

CIO.com's Shane O'Neill gives the highlights of the new Windows App Store, including a needs-improvement search functionality.

Windows 8: Thumbnail List of Last 7 Apps Open

Similar to the Alt+Tab function in Windows 7, the thumbnail list in Windows 8 Consumer Preview gives you a clickable image of the last 7 apps, games or Web pages you had open. CIO.com's Shane O'Neill shows you where this is located.

Windows 8: Semantic Zoom and Grouping Apps

CIO.com's Shane O'Neill shows you how to zoom in and out to get a better view of your apps, and how to group multiple apps into a single category, a new feature of Windows 8.

Windows 8: Internet Explorer 10 Overview

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes the debut of Internet Explorer 10. CIO.com's Shane O'Neill offers an overview of the new browser, and how to switch to the more traditional look and feel.

Windows 8: Refresh and Reset

New features of Windows 8 lets users refresh their operating system while keeping their data, or completely reset their system (if they're selling or recycling the PC). CIO's Shane O'Neill shows how to access these new features.

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