My first impression of the bargain-basement US$39.99 Windows OS upgrade: To all outward performances, Windows 8 is a stunning, visual, deeply rewarding and pleasing skin to the 2009-released Windows 7 PC desktop computer OS.
Big deal, you might say.
However, searching in a bit, I found that this rather beautiful computer isn’t just a update of Windows 95 and later incarnations, with their ever-proliferating fixed quick way symbols. The symbols in Windows 8 are live.
Here’s a look at some of the things that are different from boring old Windows 7 and its earlier versions, why this operating system is worth 40 bucks, and how you can explore it to get up to speed.
The Computer animated Begin Page
Most of Windows 8′s widget-like flooring are live and animated. They are really self-updating icons — a la mobile operating system — rather than the fixed symbols we’re used to on a computer.
Click on the “Photos” tile on the Begin page. Then add some images by connecting to a online community or to Windows SkyDrive cloud service. After a while, the images will appear and animate within the Photos tile on the Begin page.
Follow the same concept to fill other tiles. For example, fill the Weather floor by hitting it, and allowing Place Services at the immediate.
Software – That Is, Apps
Apps are the new applications, or what we used to call “software.”
Click on the “Store” tile to launch the Shop Spotlight. Search through the categories like Games and Productivity by placing the pointer at the end of the display and hitting the scroll-like navigation bar that seems to be.
Choose an app, like TuneIn Radio, say, by hitting it and selecting install. The install process will commence and may ask you for the Live password that you used when setting up the OS.
Look for the newly installed app on the Begin display.
Microsoft’s Dropbox- and Google Drive-like cloud storage space product is tightly involved into Windows 8. SkyDrive provides 7 GB of free storage space. Download SkyDrive on a Windows 7, Windows vista or Mac OS X Lion PC within the same system as the Windows 8 PC you’re on, and the machines will find each other.
Drag some files into the SkyDrive folder on the heritage PC, and they will synchronize on the Windows 8 PC. As with Dropbox and others, there are SkyDrive applications for cellular phone devices too.
Internet Traveler 10
Browse to a Website that you’d normally bookmark or save to favorites. Then select the Pin to Begin.
The page will become accessible from the Begin page. Some sites create a live alert when up-dates are available.
Organizing and Touch
This operating system has been designed for contact in much the same way as smart phone and tablet OSes are.
You need a new, multitouch-compatible PC to take benefits of this, but you can get a feel for the experience on a mouse-based PC.
Moving a Tile
Place your pointer over a tile, like the images tile. Then hold the remaining mouse key down and track the cursor so it pulls the tile to a new location on the Begin display.
Release the remaining pc mouse key, and the floor tile wil be relocated.
There’s no Start button — even to stop. On touch computers, swiping in from the left changes apps. Swiping in from the right returns you to the Begin screen; swiping in from the bottom displays the navigation functions; and pinching and stretching will zoom..
These concepts work with a mouse too. Try some of this navigation by hitting the Internet Explorer tile. Then move the mouse cursor to the top of the display until the cursor morphs into a hand symbol.
Press the mouse key and move the Internet Explore page to the end of the display with the mouse key. The display will be returned to the Begin web page.
Click in the top remaining corner within an app display to see recent applications. Drag one of those applications to a spot on the display until a space seems to be. Launch the mouse key and both applications will share the display.