Windows 8: A quick-start guide for potential early adopters

After two public beta releases and more than 1.24 billion hours of pre-release usage time worldwide, Windows 8 is finally here

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Windows, windows 8

More apps may come online in the coming weeks but, right now, theres not a whole lot to get excited about. There are some nice apps to be sure: Angry Birds Space (currently the only Rovio title), Netflix, Skype, Hulu Plus, The New York Times, Slacker Radio, Urbanspoon, and Xbox SmartGlass. But notable missing titles include Facebook and Twitter, Dropbox, Pandora, Rdio, and Spotify.

You can work around Windows 8s app gaps by using versions built for the Web or the traditional desktop (unless you are running Windows RT). But many third-party desktop apps are not touch friendly, which puts anyone running a new Intel-powered tablet such as the Acer Iconia Tab W700 at a disadvantage.

If Windows 8 tablets are going to compete against the iPad, Nexus 7, and the Kindle Fire HD, the Windows Store needs more apps for the Modern UI, and it needs big-name apps like the ones mentioned above.

If youre not sure where to start in the Windows Store, check out PCWorlds take on the 10 Windows 8 apps you should download first.

Choose your browser

After you get Windows 8 up and running, there are three browsers you can choose from that include versions for both the Modern UI and the traditional desktop: Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer runs straight out of the box so if IE is your preferred browser, you dont have to do anything. If youd like to run Chrome, you can download it normally from Google and, if you choose it as your default browser, it will be available in the Modern UI as well as the desktop.


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