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My Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Sneak Peek at the Windows 8 Public Beta
     

My Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Sneak Peek at the Windows 8 Public Beta

by Katherine Murray
 

This book gives you a first look at the exciting new features in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the beta version of the operating system Microsoft released to the public on February 29, 2012. Chances are good that you’ve already heard about the flashy new Metro style of the Windows 8 interface. The new look may be the biggest news item you’ve been hearing

Overview

This book gives you a first look at the exciting new features in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the beta version of the operating system Microsoft released to the public on February 29, 2012. Chances are good that you’ve already heard about the flashy new Metro style of the Windows 8 interface. The new look may be the biggest news item you’ve been hearing about, but the changes in Windows 8 go far beyond the surface design changes. Windows 8 is a new program from the ground up, meaning that the experience it offers you will be much different from any version of Windows you’ve used before.

 

Windows 8 is fast and fluid, bringing you the updates you need quickly, while providing reliable access to the programs and files you depend on as you go about your daily tasks. Whether you are sharing photos, checking your social media accounts, designing a presentation, or listening to your favorite podcast, Windows 8 gives you the means to move through your tasks smoothly in any order or combination you choose.

 

Some folks welcome this kind of new energy in technology; others aren’t so sure a complete makeover is a good idea. Whichever camp you find yourself in, this book will help you learn more about what you can expect from Windows 8. Some of the biggest changes we’ll discuss in this book include:

Navigating the new Start screen, customizing Start screen colors, and displaying your favorite apps as you want them to appear

Using live tiles to get the latest information for your favorite apps

Using touch and mouse-based techniques to personalize your Windows 8 experience and work with files, folders, and more

Enhancing the security of your system by changing your Lock Screen, adding a picture password, and creating a PIN logon

Learning to work fluidly with open apps, cycling through open apps, docking apps, and closing or suspending apps you no longer need

Using the Refresh and Reset tools to give your computer a fresh start if you’re having computer problems

Shopping for apps in the Windows Store, installing apps on your computer, and adding ratings and reviews to let other shoppers know what you think

Browsing with the sleek and streamlined Internet Explorer 10

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780133071009
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
04/09/2012
Series:
My...
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File size:
102 MB
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Meet the Author

Katherine Murray has been writing about technology since before Microsoft Windows—any Microsoft Windows—even existed. She’s worked with every consumer version of Windows that has ever been made, marveling with the masses at Windows 3.1, swearing at Windows ME, enjoying Windows XP, and threatening to throw her computer off the roof, thanks to Windows Vista. She celebrated (like many), when Windows 7 delivered a sleek, smart, reasonably lightweight operating system that did pretty much what most users need it to do, and she practically flipped over the first inspiring demos of Windows 8 Developer Preview. The general public’s reaction to Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been mixed—with some power users wondering whether the Metro interface will deliver what they need and new users confounded by the range of choices and approaches. As a Windows Phone user, Katherine sees Windows 8 Consumer Preview as the next smart step in seamless operating system development and feels Windows 8—which is still in a beta release with Consumer Preview—moves toward a fast-moving, flexible, colorful, and user-driven computing experience that could change the way we work for the better.

 

Katherine started writing about technology 24 years ago and still enjoys it, specializing in Microsoft Office technologies and the fascinating ways in which we stay in touch with each other through cloud technology, blogging, social media, and more. You’ll find Katherine’s blog, BlogOffice, at www.murrayblogoffice.blogspot.com. In addition to writing books, she writes regularly for CNET’s TechRepublic and Windows Secrets.

 

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