Windows 8: A Few Neat Features

The new version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 8, only recently hit the market. And the tech press already have combed through the software. That’s good news for you: The editors at computing publications across the Internet have already given Windows 8 a test drive. And these editors are now publishing their findings online. It’s a smart way for new users to learn the ins and outs of this new operating system. For example, InfoWorld writer J. Peter Bruzzese recently wrote about various nifty things about Windows 8. Here’s a glimpse at some of what Bruzzese found:

The charms bar

This is a great addition to Windows. It is a shortcut bar that sits on the right side of Windows 8. It offers quick and easy ways for users to put their computer to sleep, switch to the Windows 7 desktop, share documents and more. This can really be a time saver for users that take the time to learn a couple of these shortcuts.

Retrieving lost files

Loosing a file is the worst. Thankfully, Windows 8 has a couple ways you can protect your documents. You can recover lost files or different versions of the same file. If you are acquainted with OS X’s Time Machine utility, the feature in Windows 8 works much the same way.

Windows on the go

This is a really cool feature if you are on the go but don’t want to take your whole computer with you. If you have the Enterprise Edition of Windows 8 you can put your entire Windows environment onto a USB drive and take it with you. You can then pull it up on another machine that is compatible with Windows 7 or 8.