I’ve been using Windows 8 for a few solid weeks, not sure exactly how many but I think it’s been over a month. I feel very comfortable and the transition was quite easy for me. We made a backup of all my files, upgraded to the full Windows 8 and I’ve been working successfully every since.
What Do I like?
My computer runs faster and feels more organized. I love the look and feel of all the programs. I love seeing my programs on the start screen and moving over to the side to see even more apps and programs. I can see updates on my friends right there on my start screen.
I love the app feel. I can download apps, games and still have all of my regular programs. I have the latest version of Office and I’ve been uploading everything directly to my skydrive so I have access to my files no matter where I am. it was actually helpful last night. I was at church and asked for some files and I didn’t have my computer on me and I didn’t have a car to run home and get the files so I just logged into my skydrive and downloaded the documents onto the computer at church and viola I was done. SkyDrive: Access your files anywhere at any time
I’m still able to edit video. I just purchased a pricy video software and was worried that it wouldn’t work on Windows 8, well not true and an unfounded worry. It works great, I’ve been creating really awesome videos with the help of my husband. He’s been using the software on his machine too and of course he’s running Windows 8 too.
I don’t have a lot of apps yet but I’m going to be looking into more. Currently I have the Kindle App, the Cocktail flow app, the game Wordament and another game called Speedwords. My husband and I are pretty excited with out the Xbox app is integrated and there are some games you can play on your PC now to earn more points on your Xbox live gamer tag. Built-in apps like People, Mail, Photos, and Messaging power you through all your essential tasks and work together for a single, streamlined experience. The Microsoft app store continues to grow and improve. More about apps
I love using a mouse with Windows 8. I used to laugh at people who had laptops and a mouse. Not anymore, the swipe of a mouse now moves the screen to the left or right. If you move it to the right then I get my video or picture app. Then if I move it to the left I get the Search, share start, devices and settings. Also at anytime that you want to go to a particular app, just hit the start button on your keyboard and then type the name of the device you want. Just type it, if you have a dialog box or not and then your app options will come up as you are typing, click it and then it will open on your desktop. Your desktop should feel just like Windows 7, at least it does to me. Keyboard shortcuts like alt tab still work.
In Windows, even the little things are all about you. Like the screen that appears when your PC is locked—it can be any picture you choose. And you’ll see quick notifications on your lock screen before you sign in to your PC or open a single app.
With picture password, you can sign in by tracing a pattern on a picture of your choice instead of typing a password. Zigzag over your dog’s face? Three taps on your child’s nose? The choice is yours. Get a Microsoft Account: Prior to buying your new Windows 8 device, you will need to make sure that you have a Microsoft Log-In (this is the same username and password for those you with email addresses that end in Hotmail.com, Outlook.com, Live.com, A windows live ID will work). If you don’t currently have a Microsoft Log-in please set one up you’ll need it when you buy your Windows 8 device.
What I don’t like?
It really makes me wish I had a touch device. But I want a touch device with a keyboard that will also allow me to edit video and use Windows Live Writer. My husband was looking into buying me a Microsoft Surface and I told him what I wanted it for and he said then I need to wait until January, because the current versions of the Surface do not have Windows Live Essentials. I LIVE on Windows Live Essentials. I often use Movie Maker and Live Writer is used all day every day. It’s my work surface.
So I’m on the lookout for the perfect touch device.
Get it Now
The Windows Blog has announced pre-order for a copy of Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 USD and select Windows 8 PCs, in advance of Windows 8. For more information, please check out the blog, which includes participating retailers, supported countries and OEM partners pre-selling Windows 8 devices plus a feature story on the OEM Newsroom on upcoming PCs hitting shelves later this month. Now if you can wait remember that you can visit a Microsoft store and purchase it and ask any question you might have about the new software. · The Windows and Microsoft Facebook pages are also a good source of information and the latest news!
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