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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.
There are, of course, a variety of applications that are included as part of your Windows 8 installation, and over time you may find that you'll download additional applications through the Windows Store, and one of the great benefits of working with the Windows Store is that you can update those applications automatically. Anytime updates are available, you'll be notified of those updates through the live tile for the Windows Store. And then you can use the Windows Store to automatically update those applications. So let's take a look at that process. You'll notice that my live tile for the Windows Store has the number 15 in the bottom right corner.
And that is an indication that there are 15 applications for which updates are available. I'll go ahead and click on the live tile for the Windows Store, and that will bring up the store application. Of course, I could navigate through the store and look for additional applications that I might be interested in, but at the moment, I'm just interested in updating my existing applications. And up at the top right corner, you'll see that there's an indication that updates are available. A total of 15 updates, in fact. I'll go ahead and click on that button and that will take me to my updates.
And now, you'll notice that by default, all of the applications that are currently installed and that have updates available, are selected. Now, if I don't want to install updates for any reason, I could certainly toggle some of these applications on or off. I can just click on the tile for any of those applications, to toggle the selection off if I don't want it to update, or on if I do want it to update. And then, with the applications that I would like to update selected, all I have to do is click the Install button. The Windows Store will then process all of those updates, downloading all of the available updates for the selected applications, and automatically installing those updates for me. I don't need to do anything at all.
I can just sit back, relax, and watch all of those applications get updated, and as soon as that process is complete I can go back to the Start screen and explore those applications, perhaps check out some of those fun new features that may have been added. Or just put the applications to use, knowing that I'm working with the latest version. So, that process obviously didn't take very much time at all. I'll go ahead and go back to the Windows Store and in fact, I can go back to the Start screen and continue exploring those freshly updated applications.
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