Pieces of eight

Published: 02nd December 2012 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2012 08:53 AM   |  A+A-


Windows 8 Cheat Keys

With its modern tile-based user interface, dual personality and issues like the lack of a start button, Windows 8 is not even remotely familiar for avid Windows users. To climb this steep learning curve, you need a guide. To tell you the tips to get around easily, and to get work done with minimal fuss you will need the Windows 8 Cheat Keys app. You can learn all about the Windows 8 shortcut keys, gestures, and different features all of which can be shared over e-mail or using social networks. You can also set up to get a new tip every day.

XBox Smart Glass

It is a companion app for the gaming console XBox 360. By making your Windows 8 laptop or tablet a second screen for your XBox, this app lets you control the content on your XBox using your computer. You can also use it to throw the content on your computer onto the big TV screen to which the XBox is connected. By letting anyone with a computer in the house to interact with someone who is playing an XBox game on the TV, Smart Glass in an app that provides all round connectivity.

Google Search

Windows 8 comes with a search engine. Just start typing and a search bar will appear with which you can search the Internet. The only problem is that it uses Microsoft’s own search tool Bing. But then if like 67 per cent of Internet users you think Bing is not good enough, you can get the Google search app. By installing the app you will be able to access Google easily from the charms bar from where you can do a normal search which shows grids of search result pages using the instant preview mode, a voice search using your microphone, or even an image search which brings up beautiful full screen pictures arranged in grids. You can access all your Google products like Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Reader easily.

Norton Satellite

With services like Sky Drive and Facebook baked into its core, Windows 8 needs special light weight protection from viruses particularly if you are using it on a tablet. Norton Satellite gives you that protection. Though it is not a replacement for a full anti-virus program, Norton Satellite offers protection from malicious files by identifying them in your Dropbox folder, Facebook feed, on your PC or on an external hard drive.

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