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After ten years of extremely expensive, slow, and politically messed up construction work — it is a long and sad story of government corruption and incompetence — Budapest, the Hungarian capital, got its fourth metro line today. Despite its ill-fated genesis and controversial usefulness, the Metro 4 is an amazing engineering, architectural, and artistic achievement, a mix of stunning concrete structures and trippy ornamentation. It looks stunning.

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It took Microsoft almost a decade to design its first piece of tablet hardware. Seven years of hard development, refinement and tuning before it wound up with what we now know as Surface. Two models of Surface tablet will hit the market in the next few months. The Surface RT is first off the rank, so how does it stack up to other ARM-powered tablets?

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Well, this is going to be weird. After calling Microsoft's radically wonderful UI design "Metro" for a couple of years now, Microsoft is said to be ditching the name for legal reasons. So now what the hell do we call it?

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Metro is irrefutably beautiful, but the imminence of Microsoft's bold new UI in Windows 8 has a lot of power users worried about just how they're going to be able to function with the new system. Judging by how multi-display systems seem to be working, the answer seems to be "more or less the same."

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How do you predict the future? It's easy: There's going to be a Windows 9 in a few years. As for what might be inside Microsoft's future operating system, however, that's a whole ‘nother ballgame.

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There's all sorts of current applications that won't work on ARM-based Windows 8 tablets when they emerge. Mozilla's looking to sidestep that restriction, with plans for both traditional desktop and Metro versions of its browser application.

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There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. Like the guy who collects Steve Ballmer's dry cleaning. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest gig in Redmond. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken on the tiny task of redesigning the operating system used by like a billion people all over the world. You know, NBD.