The new version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 8, only recently hit the market. And the tech press have already combed through the software. That’s great news for you: The editors at computing publications across the Internet have already given Windows 8 a test drive. And these editors are now publishing their findings online. It’s a good way for new users to learn the ins and outs of this new operating system. For example, InfoWorld writer J. Peter Bruzzese recently wrote about many nifty things about Windows 8. Here’s a glance at some of what Bruzzese found:
The charms bar
Windows 8 comes with a side navigation bar called the charms bar. It becomes visible on the right side of the screen when users click or swipe there. Once it’s visible, the bar allows users to take advantage of a wide range of shortcuts. Users can click or tap the “Settings” option and then click on “Power” to put their computer to sleep. The charms bar has settings for searching, sharing, and switching to the Windows 7 desktop.
Retrieving lost files
Loosing a file is the worst. Luckily, Windows 8 has a couple ways you can protect your documents. You can retrieve lost files or different versions of the same file. If you are familiar with OS X’s Time Machine utility, the feature in Windows 8 works much the same way.
Windows on the go
This is a really cool feature if you are on the go but don’t want to take your whole computer with you. If you have the Enterprise Edition of Windows 8 you can put your entire Windows environment onto a USB drive and take it with you. You can then pull it up on another machine that is compatible with Windows 7 or 8.