Modern Reader Is Metro Based PDF Reader Built Into Windows 8

The developer’s preview of Windows 8 was released to the world yesterday and it is available for anyone looking to give Windows 8 an early try. Even if you aren’t a developer, the many features showcased at the keynote conference are enough to tempt you to take it for a quick spin. The build of course isn’t what the final version will look like and lacks some features like the app store showcased at the conference, and the native PDF reader. Although not previewed at the Build Windows keynotes conference, a native PDF reader had been confirmed to be part of Windows 8. The native PDF reader; named Modern Reader, effectively negates the need to download bloated  Acrobat’s Acrobat reader (or any other third party reader).

The PDF reader will function in full screen and has basic functionality allowing you to view two pages side by side in an open book type layout. The interface and design is predominantly Metro UI.

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Modern reader will allow you to zoom in on web pages, skip to a a particular page and bookmark pages. Document navigation is carried out easily from a slide out panel on the right (not to be confused with Windows 8 Charms). A Back button appears in the upper left corner that allows you to return to the previous page you were viewing.

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If you were among those who find it annoying to have to download an application just to view your PDFs, Windows 8 and Modern Reader should bring an end to your annoyance.

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  • Asmodiel

    I wonder if it will ever be available for Windows 7 (though I’m pretty sure that someone will port it eventually ^^)

  • Dan

    That looks great, one more reason why I am (cautiously) optimistic about Win8. As for porting it to Win7, it’ll be good but I might stick with SumatraPDF.

  • Jack

    I’m using windows 8 developer and not only is Modern Reader not installed, but you can’t download it it in market (not available yet), and the Windows 8 install removes all other programs, including pdf viewing.

    So either you wrote this with out even using the viewer, or it just was missing from my machine for some reason.

    • Mr.03

      @Jack, please go and re-read the article above (Fatima gives the answers in the first alinea).

  • Davidcostanzo01

    so i am outta luck with pdf files? the most common file for file viewing? thats crap. maybe i shouldn’t have went with win 8 just yet well hmm what am i suppost to do now?

    • Zoya

      @fa8ad1f418b4617abe86e13a771cd71d:disqus “so i am outta luck with pdf files?” WTF does that suppose to mean? Are you crazy? Have you read the article? Have you read the title of the article? Its a native PDF READER app. Means you don’t NEED to download the PDF reader to open the PDF files. If you WANT to download PDF reader, you still can.