8 Things You Need To Know About Windows 8
It’s Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It’s going to take some getting used to. Things have been moved. The Start Menu is gone, but is replaced by a Start Screen. The Desktop is now an application that can run in the background while you open full screen apps.
It’s the Same
Windows 8 will be the same look, feel and user experience across all your Windows devices. You’ll have the same interface on your laptop, as your desktop, as your Windows Phone, or Windows Tablet. You’ll find that the next generation of hardware will have touch built into it. Your laptop screen will pop off and become a tablet seamlessly. Your desktop screen will tilt, and you’ll be able to use it as a touch interface.
Touch, touch, touch and multi-touch. Windows 8 is embracing the world of touch, and unlike its competitor, it’s building one Operating System that works across them all. Windows 8 will combine the best of both desktops and tablets.
The Metro User Interface is a thing of beauty and simplicity.
You can arrange your apps however you like, and if you want to pin an app to your desktop, you just drag it to one side. It’ll take up a third of your screen and let you use the desktop in the rest.
The easiest way to start up a program from the Start Screen is to just start typing its name. Want to open Word? Just hit the Windows Key (The one to the left of the ALT button that has the Microsoft Logo on it) and type “Word”. Hit enter and it opens. Start Search can also be accessed from charms bar. It contains some pre-defined categories like, Apps, Settings, and Files, along with a list of installed applications to help you quickly find and launch an application.
Inside an app, or the Start Screen, the right click button will bring up your menus at the top or bottom of the screen.
Windows 8 connects to your Social feeds and puts them all in one place. The People App connects you to your email and social accounts, bringing together all your contacts and their updates, in one convenient place.
As Windows 8 rolls into the marketplace, we’ll be available for training and consultation. Send us a note to set up a time!