It’s the future (but not as we know it)

Windows 8 Secrets by Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera

It’s almost here. Windows 8 goes on general release this week, and we are all going to have to get used to the new “Metro” interface whether we like it or not. Anyone who listens to the regular Windows Weekly podcast understands that the first author knows his stuff when it comes to Microsoft and Windows, so it was clear that this book was going to be a good read. The book is very much a hands-on guide to the new operating system, spending a lot of space describing both the old desktop and the new Metro style interface and explaining the rationale behind the various concepts like the charms and application bars. The book covers various tricks around installation, covers the new application model and the Windows Store and describes the differences between the consumer and business versions of the operating system.

When I finally get my hands on Windows 8 on my home machine sometime this week, I’m going to re-read the book and program my hands with the many keyboard shortcuts that the book covers.

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