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Windows 8 Features

Introducing Windows 8

Experience the beautiful, fast and fluid touch-friendly design for yourself.

Windows 8 - New Start Screen
New start screen

  • Your content all in one place: With Windows 8 and the new line of Dell PCs and tablets your contacts, social media updates, emails and calendar are right where you need them to be.
  • Personalize your PC and tablet: Customize what content is displayed and how it’s organized. With Windows 8, all your devices will have a similar look and feel.

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Optimized for touch

  • Swipe, tap, drag: Windows 8 is optimized for touch, making it easy to interact intuitively with your content.
  • Touch keyboard and mouse: Typing feels natural whether you’re at your desk or walking around. The new touch keyboard has two modes, making it easy to work the way you want, whenever you want.

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Windows 8 - One design for work and homeOne device for work and home

  • Mobile productivity: New mobile productivity features make it easier for road warriors to stay connected and in control, wherever they are
  • Enhanced security: Windows 8 provides enterprise-class security capabilities such as Trusted Boot and BitLocker to keep clients secure and protected.

Apps for your life

  • Built-in and cloud-connected apps: Windows 8 comes loaded with Microsoft Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, Photos, People and Messaging apps that automatically sync with your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts just by adding them to your Microsoft account. Sign in to any Windows 8 PC and your favorite apps and settings will be right at your fingertips.
  • Windows Store: Search through thousands of apps, all grouped into easy-to-find categories.
  • Getting Started with Windows 8 app: Learning your way around all these new features is easier than ever. Launch the pre-installed Getting Started with Windows 8 app and you’ll be up and running in a flash.

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Windows 8 - Apps for your life
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  • Less browser, more web: With a reduced browser and frame, Internet Explorer 10 lets you see more of what you are looking for.
  • Fast and fluid: Surfing the web is now as fast and fluid as everything else on your Windows 8 device. Internet Explorer allows for rich and immersive web experience that run as fast as the local apps on your Windows 8 PC or tablet.

Live in the cloud

  • Connect to your friends and family: Whether you originally added a contact from Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, or Gmail, the Windows 8 People app makes it easy to keep up with everyone from one convenient location.
  • Your files, wherever you need them: Your photos, docs, calendars and other files are stored in the SkyDrive for cloud access. No more tangled cables or emailing files to yourself.

Windows 8 - Live in the cloud

Three easy ways to upgrade

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Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.
If you bought a PC with
Windows 7 Home Basic, Home
Premium, Professional, or Ultimate preinstalled on or after June 2, 2012, visit windowsupgradeoffer.com and register.
Upgrade an older PC to Windows 8.
If your older PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 and get Windows Media Center free.
Purchase the complete Windows 8 operating system.
Purchase your own copy of Windows 8 now from Dell.

*Please note that certain features of Windows 8 may not be available when an existing Windows 7 system is upgraded. Driver updates may also be required. Visit http://support.dell.com/windows8 for detailed instructions on how to upgrade your current system to Windows 8.

New Features of Windows 8

What are Charms?

Charms are a set of features that are located within the Start screen. To open the Charms menu, you can swipe in from the right edge of the screen. If you are using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, then move the mouse pointer down. If you are using a multi-touch touchpad, place your finger to the right of your touchpad and swipe left onto the touchpad. Charms include Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings

Windows 8

The Basics – Start, Search, Email, Power Off, Control Panel

Where is the Start Button or the Start Menu?

The Start screen replaces the Start menu in Windows 8. You can pin apps, contacts, and websites to Start for easy access to what you use most. All of your apps – both apps you install from the Windows Store and desktop apps – are available from the Start screen. You can organize, group, and name categories of applications. Tiles and notifications show what is new so you can get important information and updates at a glance.

You can easily get to Start by using the Windows key Windows on your keyboard. You can also get to the Start screen by swiping in from the right edge of your screen and tapping the Start charm, or by pointing your mouse to the upper-right corner of the screen and then select Start charm. If you are using a multi-touch touchpad, place your finger to the right of your touchpad and swipe left onto the touchpad and select Start.

Using Apps

How do I pin an app to Start?


  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then select Search. If you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, then select Search. Or, if you are using a multi-touch touchpad, place your finger to the right of your touchpad and swipe left onto the touchpad, then select Search.
  2. Select the app icon you want to pin.
  3. Pull down on the icon (or right click) and a checkmark will appear on the icon.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, the option to Pin this app will appear.
  5. Select Pin to pin this app to Start.

Using Charms

How do I connect to a Wireless Network?

Swipe in from the right edge of your screen to open the Charms bar or, if using a mouse, point to the upper right corner of the screen and move the mouse pointer down. If you are using a multi-touch touchpad, place your finger to the right of your touchpad and swipe left onto the touchpad. Select Settings, then Internet Access. Choose the network you would like to connect to.

The Windows Store

Do I need a Microsoft account to use the Windows Store?

Yes, you will need to establish a Microsoft account to purchase or access apps through the Microsoft store. With a Microsoft account, you can see all of the applications you purchased from the Store and you can install any of those apps on up to five PCs.
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