I just recently had to purchase a new laptop because my old Gateway died. So now I have a lovely Toshiba laptop and it was loaded with the new Windows 8 program.
As many of you know, I am not a techy person so I was a little intimidated learning a new program (this is why I have not converted to Mac). But because the Windows 8 start up screen is so visually appealing, I was excited to see what it did.
I am still learning the ins and outs of the system but this is what I have learned so far:
1. The Windows 8 start up screen has panels for different applications that you want to “favorite” or that you use on a regular basis. An example would be that I uploaded the Bank of America Windows app to my home page. Since I am a online banking user, this comes in handy for me. Instead of typing in the address every time I need to visit the site, now I can just click on the app. The set up for BOfA is different from the online website with larger icons and an easy to navigate page.
2. Windows 8 comes with pre-loaded apps but you can add others that you need AND arrange them in order of priority on your screen. All you have to do is right click on a panel and move it anywhere on your home page that you want.
3. You can sync your social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkdIn) to automatically show updates from a combined panel on your home page. Just click the “Contacts” panel and every notification from each social site appears. No need to login to each site individually.
4. You can sync your personal email account with the Windows application and get updates from your email on a “Messages” panel.
5. Any photos that you have saved on your computer or through your social sites shows up in a “Photos” panel on your home pages. You can also link to your personal photo accounts (like Flickr) and those pictures will show up too.
6. There is a great calendar app (that notifies you a day before of appointments) , as well as, a great camera app that can take still pictures right from your computer.
I have also been able to upload free children’s game and movie apps through the Windows 8 website and my son has loved being able to learn to maneuver my new laptop.
So, if you are considering the Windows phone, it will work the same way and I think it is well organized (being the efficient living expert that I am).
I still have lots more to learn and will update you when I become the “expert”. If you use Windows 8, let me know some of the cool things that you have learned.