In Pictures: Windows 8 Release Preview - a visual tour

Here are some of the more interesting improvements - and quirks - of Windows 8 RP, as Microsoft sprints to the finish line

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Metro Start re-imagined at 1366 x 768

No doubt you’ve fumed and fussed over the Metro Start screen. Except for the addition of some new Metro apps -- Metro Travel (on left, above Desktop) and Metro News, Sports, and Finance (right column) -- it hasn’t changed much. (Click to enlarge.)

RP has a few more background colors to choose from, and it’s possible to get rid of that swirly background pattern that bedeviled the Consumer Preview. Microsoft is rumored to have more color combinations coming for RTM, but you won’t be able to mix and match background colors and highlight colors. Best to leave that to the professionals, I guess.

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