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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

5 Tips For Having a Great Windows 8 Experience

With the arrival of Windows 8, Microsoft hasn't just given their most popular software product a fresh coat of paint - they've completely torn it down to the foundation and rebuilt it as something brand new. Windows 8 is aesthetically pleasing and downright fluid, but it can also be vague. Regardless of how familiar you are with other platforms or even older versions of Windows, there is a learning curve to Windows 8.

Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to ease your transition to Windows 8. Five of our favorite tips are listed below, and should make it easy to convert over no matter what you're used to.

Go For the Tablet 


Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet

If you're just upgrading your computer then this doesn't apply, but if you're in the market for new hardware then this absolutely must be pointed out. Windows 8 is built with touchscreens in mind. While using a keyboard and mouse doesn't cause the user experience to completely collapse, it does make it feel a little more indirect. With a tablet, you'll be able to take advantage of all of the extra mobility and flexibility that Windows 8 offers.

Familiarize Yourself With Shortcuts 


Microsoft Windows 8 Quick Shortcut Keys


In a situation where you're simply upgrading your laptop or desktop to Windows 8 and aren't buying new hardware, this is the best way to ease the transition. Learn all of the shortcuts, such as hovering over the corners of the screen to trigger different functions. This will make your day-to-day life with Windows 8 much smoother.

Check Out The Apps 


Microsoft Windows 8 App Store


The traditional Windows experience has never been app-driven. Sure, Windows devices have always been great for running full software packages, but apps always seemed redundant in the face of full-fledged websites and software suites. The tide has shifted over the last several years, though, and developers now place more emphasis on apps than they do other methods of consumption. Add in the fact that apps are more compact and often present information in a format that's easier to digest, and you have all the reason you need to visit the Windows app store. If nothing else, you'll find at least one or two that hold your attention.

Utilize SkyDrive 

Skydrive Used in Microsoft Windows 8

With the industry fast transitioning to cloud computing, every major tech company has unveiled a cloud-based solution. While Microsoft may have been late to the party in other areas, it has managed to leapfrog the competition with its SkyDrive offering. SkyDrive lets you sync up photos, music, documents and more between your Windows 8 devices. Even better, there is a SkyDrive app available for both iOS and Android - so if you still aren't carrying a Windows 8 smartphone, you'll be able to sync SkyDrive up with your mobile devices.

Forget What You Thought You Knew 


Forget What You Thought You Knew This might be the most critical part of the entire process. If you go into Windows 8 expecting to be able to use it like a pro, you will be frustrated. There is a traditional desktop mode, but that's mainly available for instances where the software you want to run isn't updated for Windows 8. The new UI is far and away what you will spend the majority of your time in, and you'll find that the best way to learn to use Windows 8 and have a great experience with it is to learn it from the ground up. So follow these tips and make sure to have a reliable internet connection like HughesNet. You will have great experience.





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