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Windows 8.1 Bible by Rob Tidrow, Jeffrey R. Shapiro, Jim Boyce

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Introduction

Welcome to Windows 8.1 Bible. If you're familiar with Windows, you might know that the Windows operating system has existed for over two decades. In that time, it has transformed in many ways as computer hardware has changed dramatically.

Windows 8.1 is the latest edition in the Windows family and builds on the usability and performance improvements in Windows 7. One of the biggest differences, however, is the shift in support in Windows 8 for tablet and handheld devices. The streamlined, tile-based Windows 8.1 interface is designed from the ground up for tablet devices, and Windows 8.1 provides a consistent user experience across a range of devices from cellphones to PCs.

Although we've tried to cover as many of the features and capabilities as Windows 8.1 offers, some naturally fall through the cracks because we have only so much space in this book. With a good understanding of the key features, however, you're well on your way to getting the most from your Windows PC.

Whom This Book Is For

Not everyone wants to be a computer expert, and few have the time to become one. Most people just want to use a computer to get things done, or even just to have some fun. This should come as no surprise. After all, not everyone who drives a car wants to be a professional mechanic. Not everyone who uses a cellphone wants to be an electrical engineer. So, why should everyone who uses a computer want, or need, to be a computer expert? They shouldn't. Some people just need to ...

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