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If you are approaching Windows 8 like any other version of Windows, you may be a bit surprised to learn how different the User Interface (UI) is.
The new Metro UI is unlike any Windows version previously, though it is more like operating a Windows Phone. As with the question above, there is a change to closing Metro UI apps. These are the apps designed to run from your Home screen, not those that still open in the familiar Desktop area.
Though many of the traditional hotkeys still function within the Desktop area, the ‘Alt+F4′ to close the current application, does not function in the Metro UI. Rather than closing apps, you are just moving back to the Home screen, leaving them open. Windows suspends those that are not in use, to save system resources. So basically, It is a new perspective on increasing Windows operating performance.
To better understand how the Metro UI, apps in particular, run in Windows 8, I recommend you surf to this MSDN Channel 9 article and view the following presentation: Fundamentals of Metro style apps: how and when your app will run ~Ben Srour, a Senior Program Manager in the Windows User Experience group.
Enough suspense; follow one of the methods below to exit out of Metro UI apps…
Simply press the Windows key; it acts like a ‘home’ button for the Home screen of the Metro UI. Regardless of where you are, a touch of the Windowss key will bring you to the Home screen.
Use the Windows 8 Start menu to return to the Home screen. Move your mouse to the lower left corner of any Metro UI app to show the Windows 8 Start menu; click the Start button. A note on the Start menu…you can also gain access to it from the Desktop.