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This is a guest post written by Kelly, from Barton Technology; find out more about Kelly at the conclusion of this post.

Microsoft’s latest version of the venerable Windows operating system is Windows 8. Unlike many other previous releases, such as Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 is a major refresh of the operating system and appears quite different than the previous few versions; the biggest revamping since Windows 95.

Touchscreen technology has taken off of late with the introduction of several tablet PCs and the ever-popular iPad, and Windows 8 is designed primarily for use with a touchscreen, be it a tablet or some of the fancier new machines that offer touchscreen monitors.

However, not every user that is planning to upgrade to Windows 8 or purchase a new system is going to have the capability or desire to use a touchscreen. Fortunately, Windows 8 have anticipated this scenario and have included a number of keyboard shortcuts.

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Windows 8 ARM 64-bit 32-bit
All My Storage ScreenshotPROS: Simple, clean access to your files, providing comparable features to Dropbox and SkyDrive web interfaces. Seamless access to your local and online files provides the advantage of local file storage without filling your Solid State or Hard Disk Drive.

CONS
: Very limited file manipulation functionality leaves you wanting to jump out to Windows Explorer to manage local files.

VERDICT
: I anticipate the inclusion of more features as this application matures; however, if you’re using a Windows 8 laptop or tablet with limited storage space, you’ll be sure to find this application a great tool for tying together your cloud and local files.

PRICE
: Free

DOWNLOADAll My Storage

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The Windows App Store is a welcomed edition to Windows 8 and, although in its infancy, is already hosting some great apps. If you’re using Windows 8 and would like to try an app, follow these steps:

1. Press the Windows Key on your keyboard or tablet

2. Type store and click Store in the search results

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If you’ve got your hands on a Windows 8 tablet or you’re trying 8 with an iPad or Android device, you can get creative with your artistic skills with the app Fresh Paint.

With fresh paint you get a customizable canvas and a set of completely customizable brushes and colors with which to work:

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Note: AirPlay Mirroring will only work for “the new iPad” (3rd generation) and the iPhone 4S or later devices. Other AirPlay functions like YouTube over AirPlay will work with older supported devices.

If you would like to project your iPad’s screen to any PC on your network, you can do so with AirServer. AirServer runs on your PC and broadcasts its availability to all AirPlay mirroring capable devices on the same local network. With version 0.9.3.1 (currently in beta) and onward, you can stream audio too.

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I spend a lot of time out and about and am finding it increasingly difficult to get everything I want to done in my digital world when I get home in the evening. I got my first iPhone in 2008 and and am now on my third. The App Store works really well and I enjoy purchasing good quality, well supported, and frequently updated apps that help me get more done. I’ve considered purchasing an iPad ever since its launch but had a perfectly good laptop I could use. Now, my laptop battery life is just under 10 minutes and, rather than purchase a battery that costs about as much as the laptop is worth (or a little more), I bought a 16GB Wifi iPad.

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