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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 wide variety of applications available for Windows 8. In fact, you can run most previous applications designed for prior versions of Windows within Windows 8. But increasingly, you'll start to see what are typically referred to as metro applications. And those are applications effectively, that were designed specifically to work with Windows 8. Those applications tend to have a lot of similarities. As much as they might be designed for very different purposes they also have some similar behaviors and so once you learn how to use a single application, you can really apply that knowledge to a variety of different applications.
Let's take a look at one example, so that we can explore some of the ways that you'll interact with applications in Windows 8. I'll go ahead and click the tile for the weather application, and that will bring up of course the weather application. You'll notice that right away I'm being asked if I would like to enable location services for the weather application. In other words, do I want the weather application to be able to figure out exactly where I am, so that, in this case, it can give me weather for my current location. I'll go ahead and click the allow button so I that I can allow the weather application to know my location and that way we'll be able to get automatic updates based on where I am.
So you can see here in just a moment it has switched. The display has switched to show Graz, Austria which is where I happen to be at the moment and you can see that at the moment it is 39 degrees. A very chilly day here in Graz. And we can also see that, over the next few days looks like we'll get some snow, and then we'll have partly cloudy conditions. So we get a good amount of information about the weather right here on the home page. And that location information, again, was determined automatically. As with many of the applications designed for Windows 8, we have more than one page worth of information to view. Or more than one page of things that we can interact with. So I can scroll across.
On the touch screen, I could simply swipe across. In this case, I'm using the scroll bar at the bottom of the display. I can also use the keys on the keyboard. The left arrow key to move toward the left. And the right arrow key to move toward the right. And you'll notice that I have additional information available to me and in this case for example a temperature map and a precipitation map. So I can click on one of those in order to view, in this case essentially a video display giving me updates about weather in the area.
I can also access settings for the application at any time, I can right click in an empty area of the display. You'll notice I then have some options displayed down at the bottom on the application options bar. I can switch to Celsius from the current Fahrenheit setting for the temperatures. I can also refresh the display. I also have quick navigation to go to the home page which as we saw gives me a summary of the weather for my current location. I can right-click again and switch to my places view where I can see the current location and also add additional locations if I'd like to have easy access to the weather for a variety of locations.
And once again, right-clicking you'll see I have an option for world weather. Now of course all of these options are specific to the weather application, but the basic concepts apply the same to all of the metro applications that you'll use within Windows 8. A right-click in an empty area always brings up those options that are available to you. We can always scroll through multiple pages if those pages are available. So, the overall interaction with the applications tends to be very similar. And of course, another area of similarity relates to the charm bar.
If I bring up the charm bar and then click the settings option, you'll see that my default settings are for the weather application. So I can adjust my options that are specific to the weather application, for example, or view information about the application, image credits, provide feedback et cetera. And again, all of these various options will be very, very similar. The basic concepts are the same for many of the applications that you'll use within Windows 8.
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