Windows 8 Tech Guide
Understanding Windows 8
Windows 8 has been re-imagined to focus on your life. It’s designed to work the way you do, and it keeps you connected to the people, websites, and things you love most. It comes with a new user interface replete with touch gestures, much improved cloud-connected services, a renewed focus on apps, new security features, and a whole lot more. Better yet, it’s designed to work beautifully not just on large and powerful desktop PCs, but on lightweight laptops, and compact, touch-enabled tablets too.
All that said, the first thing that will catch new users (okay, long-time users too) by surprise is the new Modern-style user interface. So to kickoff this Windows 8 Mega Guide, we first take a quick look at the new UI, including the new lock screen and tile-based Start screen, and show you some of the important basics of navigation.
Of course, the new UI is just the tip of the iceberg. Windows 8 is also filled to the brim with new apps and features, for both consumers and business users alike. So hit the links on the right to find out in greater detail about the new OS, starting from the installation process and various upgrade paths, to the various core apps and business-related features.
Also don't forget that we've got a dedicated Windows 8 forum discussion group to find out the experiences from different users and to tackle any advanced queries.
Reviews and Feature Articles
REVIEW / 14 May 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
With a tablet form factor that allows the attachment of a keyboard cover, the Intel Core i5-equipped and Windows 8 Pro-running Surface Pro is Microsoft showing the world how a no compromise device should be made. It even comes with a full HD screen and digital pen support. We find out if it lives up to its promise.
REVIEW / 22 Apr 2013 / By Leo Boon Yeow
The 11.6-inch MSI Slidebook S20 is a Core i5 convertible Ultrabook that has a sliding form factor. It transitions from a tablet into a full-fledged notebook with ease. Priced at $1599, it's one of the most affordable notebooks in this form and function. We find out how it stacks up to the competition.
REVIEW / 09 Apr 2013 / By Sidney Wong & Vijay Anand
Microsoft enters the tablet fray with its Surface tablet running on Windows RT. Is there still space for the Surface with Windows RT in the already crowded tablet market? Can its focus on productivity break the 'duopoly' of Apple iPads and Android tablets? Read on to find out.
REVIEW / 02 Apr 2013 / By Kenny Yeo & Leo Boon Yeow
The ASUS Transformer AIO transforms from a regular AIO desktop into an Android tablet simply by detaching its display. We check it out to see how it performs as an AIO and if there's any sense in having an 18.4-inch tablet. Read on!
REVIEW / 25 Feb 2013 / By Leo Boon Yeow
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, is really an Ultrabook disguised as a tablet. It's as powerful as most other Ultrabooks in the market, but also gives users the option of discarding the keyboard dock for much more portability. Is this the ultimate combo product? Find out in our review!
FEATURE / 13 Feb 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Similar to Windows 8, the new Microsoft Office is re-imagined for touch, social, and the cloud. In this article, we tell you what it means to have all your documents on SkyDrive, and about a cool feature that might just persuade you to sign up for Office 365 Home Premium.
FEATURE / 01 Feb 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
In this article, we walk you through the steps of subscribing Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium at Office.com, and things to consider during the installation process.
FEATURE / 29 Jan 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Originally designed for businesses, Microsoft has now made the subscription-based Office 365 available for home and school use. What’s changed, and can you still get the traditional, boxed copies of Office 2013 in the stores? We answer these questions and more in this FAQ.
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