Much of the tech press has reported about Windows 8, although it has only recently come out. This is great for you, as you can find out a little of the ins and outs before you use it. One article we found especially interesting was one written by InfoWorld’s J. Peter Bruzzese. It covers several intriguing features about Windows 8. We have highlighted a few below.

The charms bar

The charms bar is essentially a shortcuts bar that exists on the right side of the screen in Windows 8. An example of a shortcut available to users is that by clicking “settings” then clicking “power” they can put their computer to sleep. The charms bar has several settings for searching, switching to the Windows 7 desktop, if you liked that better, and for sharing.

Retrieving lost files

One of the most unfortunate things that can occur during the workday is loosing a file. But one of the best things about Windows 8 is that it has a handful of new ways of saving copies of your files so you can retrieve previous versions. It works very similar as the OS X’s Time Machine utility if you are experienced with that.

Windows on the go

If you are on-the-go a lot, you will like this neat feature. Using the Enterprise Edition of Windows 8 users can capture their whole Windows environment and store it on a USB drive. This enables them to take it with them and pull it up on a PC that uses Windows 7 or 8.

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