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Windows 8 to have Metro-style PDF reader


While Microsoft is hard at work on the next major operating system, codename Windows 8, the leaks for the upcoming OS begin to roll in. Because Windows 8 is still in the pre-alpha stages, M3 to be exact, the feature sets and UI remain very limited or unchanged.

Today, Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott released series of images of upcoming features. Windows 8 will feature a built-in PDF reader, using Microsoft's Metro UI. Similar to Windows Phone 7 UI, the PDF reader will be clean, modern and "fast".

As mentioned by Rafael from Withinwindows.com, the PDF reader will utilize the AppX application package type. Based on the images provided by Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, the clean UI will feature a page scrolling bar on the right hand side, with the current page being highlighted.

The application dubbed "Modern Reader" appears to still be in the very early stages of design and functionality. Modern Reader and Silverlight is just one more step in the right direction for Microsoft to fully integrate into the next version of Windows, eliminating the need for third-party companies to provide applications for everyday use.

Image credit: WithinWindows.com

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