8 Things You Should Look Out For After Installing Windows 8

Windows 8 has been creating Buzz since its announcement and after the Release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview things have become more clear about how Windows 8 will look, what features it would provide, what new things users will get. I would be writing about the 8 things and features on Windows 8 that you should look for.

1. Metro Interface

Windows 8 Metro UI

Metro Interface is the biggest and most noticeable change that any user would figure out in Windows 8 replacing the default desktop screen that came in the earlier versions of windows resembling the Windows Phone Metro UI. As you will Land on Home screen of Windows 8 you would get around with new Metro UI filled with Tiles allowing you one click access to Games, Internet explorer, music, videos, photos, etc. Again for Touch users, swapping would work and those who are on the desktop would have to use scrolling options.

2. Traditional Desktop

windows 8 traditional desktop

Traditional desktop has been kept in Windows 8 which was by far the most popular screen for Windows users. It can be accessed by clicking on the Desktop tile on Metro interface.  No Start Menu, Touch UI,  feel of Metro interface are all ready to kill the Traditional desktop and turn into just another app for Windows 8.

There is a trick by which you can Restore the old Windows 7 Start menu instead of the Start Screen covered in Basic Windows 8 Tricks.

3. Windows 8 Charms Bar

Windows 8 Charms Bar

Charms bar is just like a Windows 8 toolbar which a user can access from any app he is working on. Windows 8 charms Bar is a new addition which can be accessed by hovering or moving the cursor on top or bottom right corner of the screen or by using a shortcut Windows + C. Accessing windows Charm bar would be very helpful to do basic operations like options of  search, share, start, devices and settings which are displayed as a vertical bar on right side and also pops a small bar on left displaying date and time.

4. Windows 8 App Store

Windows 8 App Store

Windows has officially launched App store for Windows 8 covering touch-friendly, Metro-style applications built for the new OS, including apps for productivity, photos, entertainment, social networking and games. Windows 8 has its future in the Tablet market as well and hence the App store integration for desktop is really a Plus Point. Metro apps can be directly downloaded from the App store where each program will have its own updater solving the third party installations issues.

5. User Session on Multiple Devices

Windows 8 allows the user to synchronize your data, settings, bookmarks, History, etc. across Tablets and Windows 8 computers if you choose to sign in with your Microsoft (Windows Live account) and not the Local one. Once you choose this, your data can be synchronized and you will be able to access it across multiple devices. In this way, you can sync your settings and get the same PC feel on your other devices too.

6. SkyDrive

Windows 8 Skydrive











SkyDrive Windows8

Skydrive is basically a Windows cloud storage service allowing users to Store, organize, and download your files, photos, and favorites on Windows Live servers and access them from any computer with an Internet connection. Windows 8 has got integration with  Skydrive which will allow users to fetch documents from any PCs connected to SkyDrive. Further with the Skydrive app, you can simply upload your data and you will be able to see it stored in cloud storage.

7. People

Windows 8 People App


The People app is part of a collection of Windows Live apps that also includes Mail, Calendar, Photos, Music and Videos. As such, these apps will not, in fact, be included as “part” of Windows 8 but will instead be offered separately, much as Windows Live Essentials is today. Just like you have Contacts in your Phone, This app will arrange all your contacts alphabetically where you can Pin your favorites and also search by just pressing the First few Initials.

8. Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer 10

Windows 8 comes with IE 10 in which browser has got 2 versions to work upon – Desktop and Metro Style giving different user experiences on both the interfaces with the Desktop interface being more preferred to Metro which is lacking basic things like printing, sharing web pages, flash player, etc. The main features that are incorporated are as follows  –

  1. Share charm support for URLs, snippets, images and selection with Mail and other apps.
  2. Double-tap to zoom in on content.
  3. Plug-in free support : notifications for sites requiring activeX.

Let us know if you feel there is something else interesting that you may have discovered and discuss more.

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 2 comments
abhay - May 7, 2012

use Start8_0.86_setup to set start button in windows 8 . a must have application after shifting from win 7-8

Vee - March 14, 2013

Just got it. Thanks for all the tips! Now if only they fix their horrendous mess of a licensing system!


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