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We Are Using Windows 8 – Review

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About a week or so ago I got the Windows 8X by HTC and due to my neurotic behavior I decided that all of the computers in our house needed to be accessible and have the ability to work with my phone so I decided it was time to upgrade to Windows 8.

windows-8-logo

At first I was a little hesitant on upgrading but figured since I made the leap with the phone why not with a totally new operating system.  Compared to Windows 7 Windows 8 is totally new but is awesome when you sit down and play around with it.  Its been about a week and I am still learning new things every day and little tips and tricks that make using it a ton easier.

One of my favorite features of Windows 8 are the live tiles.  I love the live tile feature on my pc as well as my phone.  Tiles animate with the latest information. Status updates, weather forecasts, Tweets, and more.  You will see live updates before you even open a single app.

screenshot of my start screen

screenshot of my start screen

Like I mentioned, in my opinion Windows 8 is really different then all of the other operating systems but in a good way.  It feels more user friendly but you need to be open to change and open to learning new features.

One of the new features that I like a lot is the Search feature.  It allows you to search your PC for different things like apps installed on your PC, settings and documents.  You can also use the search function to find something specific in the app store like your favorite game (mine is Wordament) or app.  I also really like how you can customize your start screen to look exactly how you want so that it fits your own personal style and needs.

Windows 8 overall is awesome but not to say it isn’t without its problems just like anything else but I think once you dive in and play around you will realize that Microsoft has worked very hard to allow the user to make Windows 8 all their own.

Full disclosure, Staples provided me with this copy of Windows 8. The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. To see the full line of computer software visit Staples.com.

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Comments

  1. Windows 8 looks really fun. BUT, I don’t like change very much, and I am just not ready to make the move!!

    • I wasn’t either until I got the Windows phone then I figured what the heck since I was already using a Windows 8 phone. I am glad I upgraded as I am enjoying Windows 8 so far.

  2. I’m hoping to get a touchscreen on my next computer so I can make the jump to Window 8. I really like the tile layout.

    • My desktop is touch screen and Windows 8 is awesome on it but I also have Windows 8 on my laptop which isn’t a touch screen and it still works awesome.

  3. I love how graphically pleasing the Windows 8 is. For lack of better description, it was always kind of ugly before. I hope you’re able to get used to using it very quickly :)

  4. Sounds like there’s a learning curve, but it just may be worth it!

  5. Ugh. I don’t want my laptop to work like a mobile device! I was on Windows 98 until a year or two ago when I first got this computer (glad I skipped the Vista debacle), and was quite happy with it. I think I’ll be sticking with 7 for a while. (Of course, it doesn’t help that Microsoft has a tendency to make things less intuitive and harder to use when they do major updates like this. I really hate the new “ribbon” they use in Office now, that requires I go through three steps to open a new document, instead of doing it in a single click like I could before.)

    My next computer upgrade just might be a Mac. ;)

  6. I like that it is user friendly. That’s the hard thing about electronics anymore, there’s such a learning curve.

    • There was a learning curve but I feel pretty good with using it now and am starting to really like it.

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