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Windows 8 has arrived!

Updated on April 11, 2014
Used with permission from Microsoft
Used with permission from Microsoft | Source

Welcome to Windows 8

The time has come for the online super powers of social, and cloud based computing to merge into a single system, that system is made up of Microsoft's finest computer software engineering techniques, and its name is Windows 8.

The days of using old crappy looking icons has come to and end as Windows 8 stages and all out battle with the world of the Internet, and that of cyber space.

There's social apps, gaming apps on smart phones, as well as that oh so entertaining soul controller of video powers Youtube that Microsoft clearly has to contend with, which has quickly been taking the global center stage in online everything. (Studies show that mobile devices are being used more often then anything today in terms of online usage - So Windows Phone 7 was Microsoft's very first answer & they're now moving to Windows Phone 8).

Anywhere from running top level marketing campaigns for fortune 500 companies, to staging digital protests today, the web has become the place to share communications.

Microsoft knows this is where all the action is, and this powerful move with the new Win 8 Pro online release was imperative, helping them incorporate it all into their new operating system and in high hopes to win it all. They're now currently joining in on all the excitement and potentially increasing competition once again in the computing industries & global markets, as they try to reclaim their technological thrown of being crowned digital king with a vengeance.

The Windows 8 Pro download is available on the official website.

What's with the Metro UI?

The new interface, known as the "Metro" user interface for the brand new Windows 8 has a sparkling appearance, and boasts a cool functionality for touch screen users, but it does indeed make it very tough to figure out for the first time user, on a desktop or laptop computer using a mouse only and without any assistance.

This is a slight attempt of Microsoft trying to pull a fast one on its users, by making a sort of force feed conversion, as a crash course for its current Windows users (The tester victims were the preview version users like myself), whom all will have no choice in the matter in the near future once they decide to purchase a brand new computer.

Well, looking on the bright side though, this very article is featuring methods via the Youtube tutorial videos provided to tackle the tough interface, for mouse lovers, and it breaks it down the screen functions into its simplest terms possible. This all those amateur users, and especially for those folks who may swear themselves to have once upon a time been advanced, but instantly got knocked right back down to newbie. (If you mastered Windows hot keys you already won half the battle)

What's up with the boxes?

The Metro UI clearly has some pretty large identifiable colorful boxes, and rectangular shapes, and so what are they one might ask up upon that first chanced meeting. Well, this is what is known as tiles.

These tiles are no different from what we use to refer to as icons, which would hide the accessibility to Windows folders or that of the computer operating systems executable programs (.EXE). This time however the name tile represents that of APPS (web applications and computer programs).

Each tile actually supposed to visually represent for Windows 8 users, a way to access many computing and web applications on the Microsoft network, using their Windows Live account access. (These tiles also have other application purposes, such as social connections, news feeds, sends and receives live communications from cloud computing networks tied into the Microsoft Windows APP Store and loads more uses)

Win 8 APP's

There's loads of networks for social connection with the people app, cloud networks streaming live information onto some of them, and things like photos app, video app, weather app, calender app, and even access to the X-box Live network from Microsoft's Windows Live online databases, and data centers. (Keep in mind this all required an Internet connection, and so this is also the reason why they will never get rid of the desktop swapping feature)

APP's are also considered to be computing applications that may be programmed to either work offline, or online in conjunction with web applications or that of websites. This is how Microsoft has proposed to take the online world by storm, and simply by bringing everything to the computer screens monitor for their dedicated users to gain access of. (Windows RT, and tablets have taken center stage for the most wanted computing devices to run Windows 8)

Microsoft is being very wise here with this aspect of things, and rumor has it that they're also providing a future option for us to access our personal accounts to Windows 8 on the Cloud, or via any user interface device in the near future, which makes this system solid competition for the Chromebook, and Google.

Photo App

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Desktop image: Used with permission from Microsoft. | Source

The Photo App

The Windows 8 operating system is fully equipped with some truly power packed APPs like this image up above of the Photo APP.

This APP is easily accessible from the Metro interface by simple clicking, (Left mouse click) or pressing the onscreen tile titled Photos.

What's so unique about this is the way you can see auto scrolling images you've taken, and chosen to add to your photos, on the photos tile itself. You also can connect to your online web applications such as Facebook, Flickr, and Microsoft Skydrive photos.

Xbox Live App

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Desktop image: Used with permission from Microsoft. | Source

X-box Live APP syncronization

X-box Live is a pretty awesome network of Windows Live in itself, and once you have sign in your Live account through your Windows 8 X-box Live APP, it ties your activities directly into your computing experience. Allowing for instant action with your online profiles, X-box gaming data, movies, music, media and loads more.

People APP has gone social!

This cool APP allows everything we do on the social web to hit the screen, and in a huge way. We will instantly get notification updates, statuses of friends, family members, etc...

This is something of a Microsoft's own innovation, the fact that its been fully integrated into their new operating system is a key game changer for sure. Topping the title of "Going Social!", with a sort of digital cream on the top affect.

It all begins with a Facebook sync of your FB account, and presto its like magic its on the screen (All your social contacts), and the ability to scroll all your contacts and then some, with the movement of the mouse wheel, or that of your finger for touch screen lovers.

Weather APP

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Desktop image: Used with permission from Microsoft. | Source

Weather APP is connected to BING

This APP is truly useful, and definitely for the latest weather warning advisories for your geographic area specifically. Example: there's a coastal warning, huge winds, and areal flood warnings for the East Coast lower coastal areas, and inland.

This weather APP ties into BING which is Microsoft's search engine, and is also streaming live updates from their online network, which makes things super convenient, and as long as your internet connection is working.

Note: There are many more APPs available for Windows 8, and its appears to be well worth it to go for the upgrade, just don't forget to back up your files prior to doing so.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, Your welcome

      I did my best here to research as much as I could for such a introduction to Windows 8, and I'm happy you found my hub to be useful, if you need any other assistance if and when you make the upgrade don't hesitate to let me know.

      I'll try my best to help ya, thanks for reading my hub and for sharing with me.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @ImKarn23, I commented to you, but the system must not have recorded it, but anyhow thanks once again for the cool visit I'm so glad you liked it.

      Its so cool to look at how we once envisioned things, such as technology when we look back at it all, you know I love it so much these crazy machines I just wish we didn't have to depend on them so much today.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I would love to update but I am terrified of new technology. I have a Vista and I love it because I am used to it. Thank's for the info. I might get the urge to upgrade to Windows 8.. Thank's for the info. Cheers

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @rfmoran, Yeah man I took the plunge on my st desktop computer with the customer preview, and its been pretty awesome thus far.

      I can't wait to earn enough money from hubpages to pay for the Win 8 Pro, that puppy looks quite tempting, and then I can make even more tutorial videos which is definitely a cool way to keep helping others even more.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @billybuc I done my very best with this hub and I hope it helps people to make the transition in due time, and whenever they choose to do so.

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      Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Just as I am getting used to Windows 7. I like to stay ahead of the curve, so I shall soon migrate to 8. Never count Microsoft out - They know where the future ( and present) is. Very good and useful hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am sure that I will need this soon, so bookmarking it! Heck, Mike, I'm still trying to learn my current application. Technology moves forward way too fast for this boy:)

      You did a great job as always, and thank you for the information, which I'm sure I'll be using in the next few months.

      Have a great day buddy, and stay safe!


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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      I would never have read this tech-y type hub before my son started working for microsoft 2 years ago!

      He was over for dinner just the other night telling me all about this - and how it would be perfect for his low(to no)-tech mama - (that would be me...sigh)..

      I really enjoyed reading this, Mike - and understood almost every third word!

      We're gettin'

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Deborah Brooks, thanks for the cool comment, I love it when you share with me, it is such a pleasure, and you are such a good friend.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow. Mike this looks exciting. and fun. I love new technology . great hub. here . thank you for keeping me informed . sharing