5 principles to make learning Windows 8.1 easier
Summary: A show and tell with a friend and his new Windows 8.1 hybrid exposed 5 things newbies can do to make the transition from Windows 7 easier.
By James Kendrick for Mobile News | January 2, 2014 -- 11:54 GMT (03:54 PST)
New Year's day turned out to be a fun day, as a friend brought his new Asus Transformer Book T100 to the coffee shop. I was sitting there with my own T100 and it was pretty cool to see two of them side-by-side on the table. My friend bought the T100 to get familiar with Windows 8.1. He is very familiar with Windows 7 but a total newbie with 8.1. Our fun session quickly turned into one of my showing him the ins and outs of full Windows 8.1, especially the touch-centric Metro interface. He wanted to know how to easily do the things he wants, so I set out to show him. He was quickly frustrated, for like many new Windows 8.1 users he tended to make things more complicated than they need to be. The T100 he was using has the full desktop environment, and that was the source of much of his difficulty.