Windows 8: First Impressions and a Few Tips to Start

February 19, 2013

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This year, as a Windows Champion Ambassador on behalf of Latina Bloggers Connect, I will be exploring all this new platform has to offer you, with a focus on information, tips, and apps for blogueras.

First, here’s a quick video to show you what Windows 8 is like, because really, it’s more fun to see it in action than to simply describe it.

As you can see, the familiar Desktop icons have been replaced by colorful tiles called “apps” and your “Start menu” with what is called a “Charms bar.” Within seconds of using Windows 8, you know that this is unlike any previous version of Windows. While the Desktop you’re used to is still available off the main screen, it’s obvious that Microsoft really wants you to fall in love with the new start screen with apps. Optimized for touchscreens, finding it attractive isn’t a problem – it’s beautiful, fun, and moves smoothly under your fingertip – but finding your way around takes awhile, especially if you don’t already own a touchscreen device. (I’m learning to use Windows 8 on a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook – on loan to me from Microsoft.)

Some things about the new platform are not as intuitive as they could be and it took me a couple hours to customize things to my liking. However, it’s that customizing that I love about Windows 8. There are so many ways to make your device uniquely your own, and one of the first ways to do that is to remove apps, download apps, and arrange them any way you like.

Adding apps from the Microsoft App Store and removing pre-installed apps you don’t like will be one of the first things you’ll want to do – More on that in my next post! I’ll also cover some awesome apps for blogueras to make the most of your time online.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about Windows 8, feel free to contact me or leave them here in comments. If I’m not able to answer you based on my own experience (I’m still learning!), I’ll do my best to find out the information you need from the folks at Microsoft.

Disclosure: I am part of the Windows Champions Program. As a Windows Champion, I am loaned a laptop, and, on occasion, Microsoft products such as software to assist me in developing content for my blog posts. All opinions are my own.

Tracy López is a writer living outside the D.C. Metro area. Her blog, Latinaish.com, examines cultural differences she discovers as she navigates life in a bicultural, bilingual family. She can also be reached via Twitter @Latinaish.

Tracy

Tracy López is a writer living outside the D.C. Metro area. Her blog, Latinaish.com, examines cultural differences she discovers as she navigates life in a bicultural, bilingual family. She can also be reached via Twitter @Latinaish.

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