My husband is an IT professional and got to try out Windows 8 before it was officially released. I noticed immediately that something was different with his computer — it had all these colorful and ever-changing squares and rectangles on the screen. In the stereotypical tradition of the wife being more concerned about the color of a new car and the husband focused on the horsepower, my main reaction to Windows 8 was “Ooh how pretty and interactive!” My husband, however, was impressed with the increased functionality.
I didn’t appreciate how different this new version is, though, until I previewed Tim Grey’s course Getting Started with Windows 8. He walks you through all the new bells and whistles, as well as showing you how to return to the standard desktop interface if you aren’t ready for that much change. Watch it and you’ll learn how to customize and navigate the interface, send and receive email, browse the Web, view and share photos, play music and movies, and much more. Tim also covers important topics like how to protect your computer and back up your files.
As much as I like the cool things like the touchscreen capabilities and Metro applications, I think one of the most awesome features of Windows 8 is the ability to set up a picture password. We created one that involves beeping the noses on a picture of our kids. I love it every time I do it! Plus no more having to remember a long chain of letters and numbers for my password. Don’t take my word for it, though — check out this free lesson where Tim shows you how easy it is to set up a picture password. Logging in to your computer will never be the same mundane experience for you again.