Windows 8 – the language of touch

Microsoft claim that with Windows 8 the things you can do with a mouse and keyboard are just as easy to do with touch, I even came across a handy guide of the commonly used gestures – see the full guide here

Swipe from the right edge for system commands

 Swiping from the right side of the screen reveals the charms with system commands. Swiping from the left brings up previously used apps. Continue reading Windows 8 – the language of touch

Windows 8 Built-in Apps

In Windows 8, apps work together so you can share information between them and streamline your work. Here’s a quick round-up of the Apps that come built-in:

  • Mail – allows you to see all of your accounts in one place, whether it’s a personal e-mail account or your company’s Exchange mail. You can pin email accounts to the Start screen so you can see your new mail on the live Mail tile without opening the Mail app.
  • Calendar – pulls together your multiple calendars into a single day, week, or month view. You decide which of your calendars are shown, and you can adjust the colours to suit your preferences.
  • SkyDrive – when your documents are in SkyDrive you can access them from any device with an Internet connection.
  • Photos – pulls all of your pictures together into one place, your albums from Facebook, Flickr, SkyDrive, and all of the pictures you store on your PC are there when you connect your Microsoft account to these services.
  • People – a complete address book where you can include contacts from Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, and others. Quickly see what’s new, share an update, comment, or initiate a conversation with the Messaging app.
  • Messaging – chat with Messenger or Facebook friends from one convenient place.
  • Reader – read PDF, XPS or OXPS documents and interact with your PDFs by highlighting, adding text annotations, printing, and sharing.