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Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8.1 is a PC and tablet operating system released in 2013.  t was Microsoft's first operating system designed to run on touchscreen devices. With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft dramatically changed the system's appearance.  By adding a full-screen interface featuring tiles and apps, Microsoft intended to unify the aesthetic of its product across devices and immerse users in online activity.  

Notable Windows 8.1 features include:

  • Start Screen: The start menu, which always sat in the bottom corner of your desktop, has grown into the start screen.  The customizable start screen is filled with tiles representing whatever is most important to you, including apps, websites, folders, playlists, and people.  These tiles aren't your usual static icons.  Live tiles animate with the latest information—news headlines, status updates, weather forecasts, Tweets, and more—you'll see live updates before you even open a single app.
  • Touchscreen Capabilities: Windows 8 is perfect for PCs with only a mouse and keyboard, those with touchscreens, and those with both. Whatever kind of PC you have, you'll discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.
  • Charms:  Hidden along the right edge of your Start Screen and Desktop, you will find the charms.  Your charms provide you quick access to buttons, allowing you to search for things, share content, return to Start, set up devices, and change settings.    
  • Improved Search: Find everything you need with the search charm, available whether you are in the Start Screen or the Desktop.  Best of all, you can use the new search to quickly and seamlessly search within any app on your computer.
  • Integrated Cloud Storage:  It has never been easier to access all of your files and documents regardless of where you are or what device you are using.  With the seamless integration of your Sky Drive account into Windows 8 and Office 2013, you only need to log into your Windows account to access your content and settings.
  • Apps from the Windows Store: Customize your computer and start screen with apps from the windows store.  "App" is another word for application or program.  Many popular apps come built into Windows, and more are available the Windows Store, conveniently accessible from your Start Screen.
  • Surface Pro:  There are a variety of options for accessing Windows from touchscreen devices and mobile devices.  However, the Surface Pro introduces a unique new combination of power and portability.  A touchscreen tablet, capable of running a standard version of Windows 8 and all of your favorite applications, the Surface Pro offers the power of a desktop with the portability of a tablet.

Getting Started in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 EssentialsIn this course, Lynda.com author David Rivers shows you all of the Windows 8.1essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks.

Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks: Get more done with Windows 8.1. This Lynda.com training shares tips and shortcuts for working more efficiently, improving system performance, and protecting your data in Windows. The course includes the Top 10 list of power tips, mouse tricks and keyboard shortcuts, display and desktop-organization tips, techniques for improving efficiency, tips for improving system performance, and ten useful utilities.​​