1. Getting Started

Windows 8 arrives in a computing world that is very different from that in which previous versions of Windows were installed. Each of the previous seven major releases was destined to run on an Intel architecture x86 PC. Today there is a cell phone for nearly every person on the planet, and tablets outsell PCs roughly six to one. For Microsoft to stay relevant in this world, it needed an operating system like Windows 8 to compete with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

Windows 8 presents the user with a unified code base that allows apps to ...

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