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
FEATURE / 17 Oct 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Keeping to its promise of a rapid release cycle, Microsoft is set to release Windows 8.1 tonight through the Windows Store for existing Windows 8/RT users, and tomorrow at retail stores. Still unsure if you should ditch Windows XP or Vista? We tell you what's new and changed in the updated OS.
REVIEW / 16 Sep 2013 / By Leo Boon Yeow
The Sony Vaio Pro 13 will be picking up where the Sony Vaio Z left off, and will be the company's professional offering this year. However, Sony is asking you to pay S$1999 for the Core i5 version. Will it be worth the asking price? We find out.
FEATURE / 16 Aug 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Compared to Windows 8, SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 is even more deeply integrated into the OS. We find out how much of it has changed, and show you some of the creative ways Microsoft has employed to make all your SkyDrive files available to you, but without using all your local storage.
FEATURE / 13 Aug 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Besides a redesign to make it easier for users to find new apps, the Windows Store in Windows 8.1 also comes with a few important new features, such as automatic app updates in the background, the introduction of gift cards, and the removal of app-roaming limit. Find out more after the jump.
REVIEW / 17 Jul 2013 / By James Lu
Acer's Iconia W3 tablet is the world's first 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8. With a dual-core Intel Atom processor and a full featured version of Windows 8, could this tablet be the answer for anyone looking for a portable and affordable Windows 8 machine? We find out.
FEATURE / 28 Jun 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
With Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft wants to provide the best Web experience across different Windows devices and screen sizes. Superior touch performance, battery efficiency, and fast page load times are some of its key features. Let's take a closer look.
FEATURE / 27 Jun 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Smart search, rich multi-tasking, powerful and harmonious Start screen, perfect for small size tablets, and SkyDrive-powered throughout - these are some examples of how Microsoft describes Windows 8.1. We check out the just announced public preview to see what's in store for you and me.
FEATURE / 12 Jun 2013 / By Ng Chong Seng
Have you just gotten your Surface Pro, finished setting it up, and thinking of what to do next? Why not fire up IE10 and read this tips and tricks article? Surface RT users, we didn't forget you - many of these tips apply to you too.
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