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Wondering whether you should take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 8? Microsoft’s new operating system comes loaded with a lot of new features that make it easier to use and more intuitive than ever. Here’s a look:
- Live updates – One of the first things you’ll notice about Windows 8 it that the traditional Windows start menu has been replaced with a start “screen.” This screen features a number of colorful tiles that you can use to launch applications, get information, and connect with people. In fact, these tiles are extremely useful because they’re “live”—they light up with updated information like weather and social media updates in real time, so you always know what’s happening.
- Apps that work together – In Windows 8, applications are streamlined—they all have a similar look and feel, and the controls work the same way. In addition to that, tasks that used to take multiple applications and steps to accomplish (uploading a photo to Facebook, for instance) can now be done from within the same app. This innovation can help save time and headaches.
- Personalizing your PC – Your Windows 8 experience is completely customizable. You can choose which apps you want to see on your start screen and group them according to how you use them. You can also choose how you want your computer to behave—you may want to unlock your computer with a traditional text password, for example, or use a new “picture password” that allows you to draw an invisible gesture that only you know.
- Optimized for touch – Windows 8 was designed with touch in mind. You can drag, pinch, tap, and swipe your way around the screen and use gesture shortcuts to quickly access programs. This streamlines the experience between mobile devices and computers and is perfect for some of the new Windows 8 touchscreen tablets and laptops that are now on the market. You can quickly switch back and forth between apps with touch, but you can also use a regular keyboard and mouse for word processing or similar applications.
What’s your favorite new feature of Windows 8? Tell us in the comments below.