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Working with Data in Your Windows 8 Application
By Jeremy Likness
Nov 19, 2012
Learn about the different types of data that are available to your Windows 8 application and techniques for manipulating, loading, storing, encrypting, signing, and querying data.
Starting and Stopping Windows 8
By Paul Sanna
Nov 6, 2012
This chapter walks you through the steps necessary to start your computer and then sign in to Windows in you're new to Windows 8. You'll also learn how to put your computer to sleep and shut it down completely.
Customizing the Windows 8 Start Screen, Colors, and Other Settings
By Michael Miller
Oct 23, 2012
This chapter walks you through some basic Windows 8 personalization features using lots of illustrated, step-by-step examples.
Wow! Getting Around in Windows 8
By Katherine Murray
Oct 17, 2012
This chapter shows you how to get started with your Windows 8 PC and use touch, mouse, and keyboard to perform common tasks.
Switching to Windows 8: A Quick Guide for Current Windows Users
By Michael Miller
Oct 15, 2012
Michael Miller shows you what’s new in Windows 8, and helps you learn how to do all your old tasks the new Windows 8 way.
Personalizing Windows 8
By Michael Miller
Oct 11, 2012
Windows presents a lot of different ways to personalize the look and feel of your system, and this chapter teaches you some of the ways you can do this.
What to Expect from Windows Phone 8
By Brien Posey
Sep 20, 2012
Brien Posey examines how Windows Phone 8 might compare to Windows 8 and discusses what Microsoft customers can realistically expect from the new devices.
Getting and Staying Connected with Windows 7: Phones, Devices, and Tablets
By Katherine Murray
Sep 18, 2012
This chapter shows you how to connect your devices and sync your files with your Windows 7 PC.
Catching Up with PC Backup in 2012
By Ed Tittel
Sep 12, 2012
What's the best backup regimen for your systems, now that online backup is dirt cheap, and disk drives even cheaper? Quick answer: Multiple backups.
Working with SSDs in Windows 7 and 8
By Ed Tittel
Aug 23, 2012
Follow Ed Tittel's guidelines and dig into the various optimization guides he notes to make the most of your SSD switching experience.
Is 8-12 GB the "New Normal" for RAM Size, or Should You Go Bigger?
By Ed Tittel
Aug 16, 2012
Upping the memory ceiling on Windows PCs is mostly a matter of choosing 8, 12, 16, or more GB. Find out about some important considerations and the uses to which this RAM will support.
Designing Windows 8 Applications with C# and XAML: Data
By Jeremy Likness
Jul 24, 2012
In this chapter you’ll learn about the different types of data that are available to your Metro application and techniques for manipulating, loading, storing, encrypting, signing, and querying data. You’ll find that the WinRT provides several ready-to-use APIs that make working with data a breeze. This chapter will explore these APIs and how to best integrate them into your application.
Your Data Everywhere, Part 2: Exposing LightSwitch Data as OData Services to Other Clients
By Alessandro Del Sole
Jul 10, 2012
Continuing his three-part series on LightSwitch support for Open Data Protocol (OData) in Visual Studio's 2012, Alessandro Del Sole, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed, demonstrates the power you gain by being able to expose data sources to OData services in a wide array of clients.
Sharing Office Files via SkyDrive
By Laura Acklen
Jul 9, 2012
SkyDrive is a Windows Live user’s cloud storage, where they can upload their files and then gain access to them from any computer with Internet access. Based on user feedback, the developers have introduced a series of improvements to make it easier than ever to share files.
Your Data Everywhere, Part 1: OData Support in Visual Studio LightSwitch
By Alessandro Del Sole
Jun 28, 2012
In part 1 of a three-article series, Alessandro Del Sole, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed, describes a useful addition to LightSwitch: support for Open Data Protocol (OData) data sources. Learn how to work with OData services from your LightSwitch apps.
History Vault for Windows 8: User Friendly Backups
By Todd Meister
May 25, 2012
Todd Meister tells you the ways in which Windows 8 File History has made backup and recovery of your data a lot easier.
The New Microsoft Account for Windows 8
By Timothy L. Warner
May 25, 2012
By the conclusion of this article by Timothy Warner, you will understand how to create a Microsoft Account, how to customize your account settings, and how to use the Microsoft Account with a few key Microsoft services, most notably the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Microsoft's Unified Vision for Windows 8
By Brien Posey
Apr 18, 2012
Brien Posey gives details and a 50,000-foot view of what Microsoft has in store for desktops, tablets, phones, and the TV via the XBOX game console.
SkyDrive for Windows 8: Your Own Personal Cloud
By Timothy L. Warner
Apr 17, 2012
With the Consumer Preview release of Windows 8, Microsoft gives us a dedicated Metro-style app for accessing SkyDrive-hosted data. Tim Warner notes that we can also tap into SkyDrive from the Metro file browser or from any other Metro-style app.
Refresh and Reset Your Windows 8 Computer
By Katherine Murray
Mar 21, 2012
Katherine Murray introduces the new Refresh and Reset features in Windows 8.

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