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Windows 8 has some major differences from previous versions, including a new Start screen and support for touchscreen gestures. In this course veteran trainer Tim Grey will help you get oriented. After exploring the interface and the preinstalled applications, Tim shows how to add or remove applications, send and receive email, browse the web, view and share photos, play music and movies, and much more. Plus, see how to switch to the traditional desktop interface, if you prefer it, and get tips on managing, protecting, printing, and backing up your files.
Windows 8 provides you with a variety of different ways that you can stay in contact with the people you care about. Through e-mail messaging, sharing photos, and a variety of other options. And it also includes the People application where you can manage the people, your contacts from a variety of sources. Let's take a look at how we can work with the People application in Windows 8. I'll go ahead, and on the Start screen, click on the People application. That will, of course, launch the People application. And one of the nice features of People that we're able to import contacts automatically from the other services that you are using.
For example Facebook friends, Twitter contacts, and others. I'll go ahead and click on the Facebook friends option that will connect to the service, and then allow me to sign in to my Facebook account. So that I can provide permission for the People application to access my contacts in Facebook. I'll go ahead and click the Connect button. And that will bring up an option for me to sign in to my existing Facebook account. I'll go ahead and type in my account name.
And of course, my password as well. I'll go ahead and click the Login button. And then I can click on the Allow button in order to allow the People application to access my Facebook contacts. The process is complete. So I'll go ahead and click the Done button. And then, in just a moment, you'll see that my contacts are updated based on my Facebook account. You'll notice that I have a message over on the left letting me know that I can add or manage additional accounts. In other words, to bring contacts in from other services by going to Settings and choosing Accounts. I'll go ahead and click OK to dismiss that message. But then, I'd also like to add an additional contact not based on an existing contact list in one of my other services, but rather just a contact in the People application.
To do that, I'll simply right-click in an empty area of the People application or swipe up from the bottom edge on a touchscreen. And then, I'll click on the New button. And then, you can see I can enter additional information about that new contact. I'll go ahead and type in a name. In this case, I'm just going to add myself as a contact. I'll enter an e-mail address, and I'll leave all the other fields blank for the time being. I'll go ahead and click the Save button down on the Options Bar, and that new contact is added. I'll go back to my People application, the Main Page here. And you can see, I have that additional contact.
I can also add a picture for that contact if I'd like to. Notice that the contacts that were brought in from my Facebook account already have their Facebook profile photo there associated with their contact. I can also adjust some settings. I'll go ahead and press Windows+I on the keyboard. I can also just bring in the Charm Bar and choose Settings, and then click on Accounts. That allows me to adjust which accounts I'm able to access for contacts and those will be automatically updated. So, for example, when I get a new Facebook friend, they will automatically appear within the People application.
I'll go ahead and go back to the main page of Settings, and then we'll take a look at Options. And you'll notice that the contacts are sorted based on their first name, which makes sense for most of us I think. But if you prefer, you can also sort contacts by last name, simply by turning on the Sort by last name option. And you can also determine which services you want to actually synchronize with your contacts list. You'll see that I have my live account as well as my Facebook account synchronizing at the moment. But at any time, I can turn any of those options off if I prefer. You'll notice that we can receive notifications.
I have one unread notification. I'll go ahead and click on that option. I can view notifications from my contacts. In this case, friend acceptance on Facebook. Now, I can of course, view information about these contacts and interact with them in a variety of different ways. I can for example, send a message or view a profile for this particular contact. But in this case, all I'm really focused on is managing those contacts, bringing the contacts from my other online services, and adding additional contacts as needed.
But as you can see, the People application provides a nice centralized place to manage all of your contacts within Windows 8.
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