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Windows 8

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Jedwin Villanueva

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Transcript of Windows 8

Windows 8

Windows 7 and Windows 8
One of the biggest changes from Windows 7 and Windows 8 is the disappearance of the Start Menu which was replaced by the Start Screen, also called "Metro".
Windows 7 and Windows 8 (cont.)
The main reason the Start Menu was replaced with the Start Screen was because Windows 8 was aimed for better interactions with touchscreens. There is a Windows 7 touch but it is not ideal because its controls weren't good enough. The Windows 8 touch's user-interface with touchscreen had improved drastically.

For example, it is simple to close apps (not programs), just by sliding a finger from the top of the screen to the bottom. Programs, however, still work the same as they did in Windows 7.
Windows 8 - Charms
A very useful tool in Windows 8 is something called 'Charms'. It appears on the right side of the screen when the mouse is dragged to the top-right corner of the screen. For touchscreens, 'Charms' appear when swiping the finger from the right hand side of the screen.
Issues with Windows 8
People have been saying, "Since Windows 8 is designed for tablets it seems Microsoft have forgotten their desktop users."

Is this really the case?

Well, first of all, let's look at why people have been thinking this.




Getting Used to Windows 8
Getting Used to Windows 8 would probably take a lot longer than it would if getting used to Windows 7 when it was new. There would be some annoyances because of not knowing what to do. I think people who criticise Windows 8 just didn't give it a good chance.
Or maybe it was just that Windows 8 is simply not for them. Actually, that is the case for most the people who did not like Windows 8. It's because it's just not for them.
But for someone like me, who did not like Windows 8 initially, all it took was getting used to Windows 8 and now, I prefer Windows 8 more than Windows 7.
Conclusion
After having done some research on Windows 8, and also being a user of Windows 8, my personal thoughts are that Windows 8 isn't bad at all. The new functions are very useful for me and although I used to be one of those complaining about the Start Menu missing, now, I would actually prefer the Start Screen more than the Start Menu.
I really just think users just need to get to know Windows 8 more and get used to it.
So which option is the better option? Well, it depends on the terms of which is being focused on. Everyone has their different opinions about it. Personally, I would prefer the Windows 8 Start Screen but most, was not happy with the disappearance of the Start Menu. However, most people was happy with the Start Screen after being accustomed to it.
Start Screen or Metro
The Start Screen or the Metro is a screen of apps. Each app have their own tiles. However, programs can also appear on the Start Screen but when opened, the Desktop app will open first and the program will be run.
Start Screen or Metro
Start Menu
Getting to the Start Screen
There are two quick, simple ways of getting to the Start Screen in Windows 8. Each way use either the mouse or the keyboard. Just bring the mouse icon to the bottom left corner of the screen (where the start menu button used to be) or press the Windows key on the keyboard. This key brings up the Start Menu on previous versions of Windows.
Bring mouse at the very corner and this should appear.
Clicking on this key should also bring you to the start screen.
Putting a finger here and sliding it all the way down should close the app.
The Windows 8 Start Screen has amazing user-interface with touchscreen. It's much quicker and easier to get around but even without touchscreen, the interface still works well.
There is another way of getting to the Start Screen for those who use touchscreen (later in the presentation)
Charms is especially useful for touchscreen users because it has the option of going to the Start Screen. It can also be used with non-touchscreen operators but there are other, easier ways of getting to the Start Screen.

Other than that, all the other functions that it has are useful for touchscreen users and non-touchscreen users
Charms Functions
Charms has a Search function for searching Apps, Files and Settings
It also has a Share function for sharing Files from the Desktop App.
Has a function that goes to the Start Screen
A function for Devices (e.g. Second screen)
Also a function for adjusting the settings of the computer.


Metro Start Screen
First and foremost. The Metro Start Screen. Many had thought that this was the worst thing that Microsoft did from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Also, with Windows 8, users find themselves constantly switching back and forth from the Desktop App and the Metro Start Screen.
Programs and Drivers
Shutting Down
For many new users, finding the way to shut down the computer is annoying and very time consuming. Because of the Start Menu's disappearance, new users have no idea where to go to shut the computer down. People say it's because Microsoft is relying on the power buttons of the tablets but have forgotten about desktops.
"Plus, why would the shut down button be put under the Settings Menu?"
Some classic Windows 7 apps/programs don't work as well in Windows 8 as they did in Windows 7. Though there is a solution to it, people who do not know of the solution will most probably be troubled by this issue.
For example, the Skype App does not allow to be logged out if the user is logged into their Microsoft Account. The solution was to download the Windows 7 version and run it just as you would in Windows 7. Pretty simple, huh? Well, not everyone would think of that, and that's what makes Windows 8 not get the likes of all the users.
Windows 8 app of Skype.
Skype for Desktop (same as Skype used in Windows 7)
By: Jedwin Villanueva
Masahiro Ogawa
and
Cindy Tran
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