Windows 8: How it’s Changing our Habits

With the recent introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft has taken many of the popular features found in tablets and smartphones and put them onto our laptops and desktops. Even the terminology has been updated to reflect similarities — for example Windows 8 runs “apps,” not “programs.” And, just like downloading apps onto your tablet or smartphone is a breeze, the same is true for Windows 8.

So, with this in mind — how has Windows 8 changed our lives? Essentially, just as tablets and smartphones have changed some of our habits, Windows 8 is now allowing computer users to do the same. From shopping for used cars and sharing photos of our kids to conducting online research and even cooking, Windows 8 is changing the way we use computers.

Rent Cars for Less

For example, let’s say you’re planning a vacation to Texas and you need a car. Rather than renting from an agency at the airport, you want to find a car dealership that offers the same service. You’ve heard through the grapevine that dealerships offer better deals on car rentals than the bigger agencies, so you want to do some research to see if this is true. Using your Windows 8 computer, you do a search for “Toyota of Dallas rent a car,” and find out almost immediately that the dealership does, in fact, rent cars for less than a traditional rental car agency.

Many of these can be customized to match the interests of the Windows 8 user.

In the News

For example, an article on Hotonline.net listed the top 10 “must have” apps for ‘Windows 8 Consumer Preview.’ One of these is News Republic, which offers people a clever and efficient way to organize their news. Rather than having to browse through dozens of news stories from all over the region and the world they wish to see. After the user does this, the news pertaining to these categories can be viewed separately. Do you live in Los Angeles and do you need the local traffic news plus regional stories? The News Republic app can handle it.

The Elements Weather Forecast app offers Windows 8 users a new way to keep tabs on what Mother Nature has in store. Instead of a full-screen app including weather forecast information, Elements Weather Forecast features a live tile for the home screen that doesn’t even require the user to open the app. This makes it easy to keep tabs on the weather while working on other things on the computer.

For people who love to send out photos of their kids and pets, the Hotonline.net article suggests the Ashampoo ImageFX app, which features a large amount of filters and effects that allow Windows 8 users to edit the photos they took on their tablet or smartphone.

Cookbooks

MaximumPC also recently listed the best Windows 8 apps. Among them is Cookbook, which offers a “mouthwatering mix of graphics and information.” Described as a perfectly designed app, Cookbook includes the right amount of information without turning the app into a giant photo of the dish. With this app, people can take their Windows 8 laptops right into the kitchen and get busy cooking a tasty meal while still reading emails and catching up on the daily news.