Microsoft Windows 8: Transition from Windows 7

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Mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular. As a result, many business professionals find themselves performing a greater number of work-related tasks, from a variety of devices, regularly. You may find yourself included in this group of multiple-device users. But, you still preform a majority, or at least a large part, of your work from a desktop or a laptop computer. While being able to access your work from nearly anywhere is a matter of convenience and efficiency, it also has its drawbacks. Some devices simply don't have the ability to run many of the applications you use in an office setting. You have likely experienced the frustration of trying to review a document from a mobile device, only to encounter an error message.

With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has made strides in bridging the gap between your laptop or desktop PC, and a variety of mobile devices. While this may bring us one step closer to the ability to work anywhere, anytime, from any device, it can present some challenges. How can an operating system designed to work on mobile devices also function on a PC? How can you make a smooth transition from one type of device to another? And, how compatible can these vastly different environments really be?

Because considerations such as these went into the design and development of Windows 8, you may find the Windows 8 environment to be a rather dramatic change from what you're used to. But, developing an understanding of how to accomplish your day-to-day work tasks in this new environment will push you one step closer to being able to comfortably work from a number of platforms, and a number of devices, nearly anywhere you go. Once you've gained a foundational understanding of how to operate within the Windows 8 environment from your PC, you'll be able to take full advantage of the many sharing, storing, and multi-platform benefits inherent in the Windows 8 operating system.

  1. Learn to transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
  2. Learn to navigate the Windows 8 environment.
  3. Learn to to customize the Windows 8 environment.
  4. Learn about security and the different features in Windows 8.
  1. Navigating the Windows 8 Environment
    1. Log In to Windows 8
    2. Navigate the Start Screen
    3. Navigate the Desktop
  2. Working with Common Features
    1. Use Modern Apps
    2. Use the Charms
    3. Use Microsoft Office Applications
    4. Use File Explorer
    5. Use the Control Panel and the Task Manager
  3. Customizing the Windows 8 Environment
    1. Work with Dual Monitors
    2. Customize the Start Screen
    3. Customize the Desktop
    4. Configure PC Settings
  4. Using Internet Explorer 10
    1. Navigate the IE 10 New User Interface
    2. Browse the Web in the IE 10 New User Interface
  5. Using Windows 8 Security Features
    1. Use Windows Defender
    2. Set New Password Types
  6. Using Other Windows 8 Features
    1. Use File History
    2. Use the Improved Copy and Paste Functionality
    3. Create and Use Storage Spaces
    4. Create and Use a Microsoft Account
    5. Refresh or Reset Your PC
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Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Windows class:

  • Prior working knowledge of the Windows 7 operating system.
  • Be proficient in the general use of personal computers and related peripheral devices.
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