Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest of Microsoft. It was an all expense paid trip. I received a Windows computer and phone as well as other goodies to enhance my learning experience.

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Microsoft Campus Tour event in Seattle. In order to participate a little better, they upgraded me to a new computer with Windows8 and Office 365 Home Premium. My new HP ENVY X2 is so incredible!

 

What I love about the HP ENVY X2 is that it doubles as a tablet and a laptop. With the slide of a button, you can detach the screen from the keyboard for full tablet use. This also means my computer is touchscreen, even when attached to the keyboard!

So here’s what I love about Windows 8 so far (I’ve only had this for a few days!):

Friendly start screen interface

All of the tiles are so colorful and welcoming! It makes me feel like I’ve leaped into the future.

I don’t have to rely on the Apps

You can switch to the desktop, which is just another tile on your tart screen, that has the look and feel of operating a Windows 7 computer. Being both a Mac and Windows 7 user, it is making the adjustment a little easier.

The APPS!

When you use an app, they are full screen for a full immersion into the app. The seamless scrolling through is so great because YOU dictate what you see in the app.

There are also some great time killing apps that we learned about such as “FreshPaint” and “How to draw a stick man”.

Skydrive

With Skydrive you get full integration of ALL of your devices, even your Macs and Android devices. Storage is affordable, and you can access documents, pictures, and pretty much your life on any device. For those lacking a Skydrive app, the Skydrive website is a great way o log into any computer to access what you want. All you need is a microsoft account which is 100% free to get.

Battery Life on devices

I’ve charged this computer 3 TIMES since I’ve had it and I’ve been using it every day, almost all day. Same thing goes for my new windows phone! I had about 10-15% left on the device and was still able to take a million photos, text, and call  for a little more than an hour without it dying. My iPhone, on the other hand, didn’t make it.

 

So there you have it! That’s what I love about Windows 8. However, there are some things I wish were different.

Lack of certain apps

An easy thing to fix, but a lot of apps that I’m used to using on a regular basis aren’t available  YET on a windows 8 device. There are ways around it though, for instance, using your desktop. I’m a big Spotify user; we have a subscription and I never have to buy my music again. I had to download Spotify from the web to use it, when I wish it was in App form.

 

Sometimes my computer won’t let me use my track pad

Being a touchscreen computer, I switch back and forth frequently between using my track pad and touching the screen to select things. Sometimes, however, I have to restart my computer because my track pad stops working. I haven’t tried using an external mouse just yet (these are, after all, my first impressions)

 

A lot of my issues with Windows 8 are small and there are fixes for them. We can’t always get what we want, and in his age of technology where things have to be instantaneous, working around things can be tedious and frustrating. It’s all a matterr of getting used to a new device with a new operating system. Overall, I’m very happy with Windows 8 and I’m glad to say I will be making the switch.

This week I’ve learned how to actually use Windows and Office (which was why I switched to Mac in the first place way back when). It all makes sense now, and already I feel more organized especially with OneNote which I can’t wait to tell you all about!

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