Windows 8 Metro applications run full-screen, though you can bring up menus by swiping the screen at top or bottom, for application-specific options, or on the right, for a collection of icons which Microsoft calls Charms. There are five charms: Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings. These give quick touch-friendly access to common tasks. For example, to print a doucument you tap the Devices charm and tap on the printer you want to use.
Microsoft has released the first developer preview of Windows 8, the next version of Windows, at its BUILD conference in Anaheim, California. Tim Anderson looks at the highlights and picks out some of the new features that will be relevant for corporate users of the operating system.