The Windows 8 Experience

The latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft is finally here.

Windows 8 is a bold departure from Windows 7 and Windows XP and it all starts with its vibrant start screen.

Windows now has a ‘Metro’ interface, one that has a fluid and intuitive design. Behind the tiled initial interface of Windows 8 is the rock-solid foundation you’ve come to expect from Windows 7. Everything that was great about Windows 7 is now even better.

Windows 8 has clearly been designed with a touch screen in mind from the start! The ‘Live Tiles’ are a great addition to Windows. The tiles can all be sized and placed according to where you, the user, want them. What’s more is that you can also customize the content that appears within the ‘Live Tiles’. This allows you to see the information that you want to see, before you even launch the App or Program. The result is a Start Page that’s exploding with the information you asked for. The best part is that the ‘Live Tiles’ change and update content in real time so you can see what’s going on, without even the click of a button.

The Start button (Windows Logo in the bottom left corner) has been replaced with ‘The Charm Bar’ in Windows 8. The Charm Bar is a universal toolbar that can be accessed from anywhere, no matter what you’re doing or what application you’re running. The five charms are Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings, all allowing a quick and simple way to access more data.

Windows 8 is also cloud-connected. When you sign in using your ‘Live’ account you’re immediately connected to the people, files, and settings that are most important to you. You can connect your favorite services to your Microsoft account as well, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. This provides you with instant access to your photos, docs, and other files, whether they’re on Microsoft SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, or other services.

Final thoughts: Windows 8 might be a little challenging at first, but once you start to use it there’s no turning back! To learn more about Windows 8, contact your account manager at Optimus Tech Solutions.

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