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Windows 8 Secrets by Rafael Rivera, Paul Thurrott

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Chapter 8

Get It Done with Windows 8’s Productivity Apps

In This Chapter

  • Understanding the relationship between your Microsoft account and key Windows 8 productivity apps
  • Using People to manage contacts
  • Using Mail to manage e-mail
  • Using Calendar to manage your schedule
  • Using Messaging to communicate with others
  • Using SkyDrive to store and access files online
  • Using Windows Reader to view PDF files
  • Using Bing Maps to get directions and find your location
  • Understanding the Other Metro productivity apps
  • Using Microsoft Office for advanced productivity tasks like document editing, spreadsheet creation, presentation making, and note-taking

Throughout its decades-long existence, Windows has been known primarily for its use as the basis for the PC productivity workhorse, and it has long included a suite of useful productivity applications. These applications have always ranged from marginally useful to truly useful depending on the version of Windows and the tool in question. But with Windows 8, you are given a truly impressive arsenal of useful Metro-style productivity apps and, of course, traditional Windows applications.

This chapter examines the new Metro-style apps that Microsoft includes with Windows 8 and RT, whether they’re acquired with a new PC purchase or downloaded separately from the Windows Store. These include new contacts, e-mail, calendaring, and messaging solutions that replace legacy Windows Live applications, as well as useful new apps for cloud storage access, PDF ...

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