Should We Upgrade to Windows 8

I guess I have two answers to that question.

We are frequently asked by our clients if they should be considering implementing Windows 8 within their company. Our default answer, at the moment, is definitely ‘no’. The reasons for this are many, but largely revolve around the training / up skill requirements for people to work productively with the platform. Certainly, there are many benefits to Windows 8 – speed, security, new communication paths / social networking, built-in email / calendar / contact support for Microsoft Exchange (ie, no Outlook required if you don’t want it), and integrated support for Microsoft’s online services to name a few. But – at the end of the day, people need to be productive with their computers, and without some significant re-learning, they will be much less productive with Windows 8.

From a personal level – I definitely encourage upgrading, or at least purchasing the upgrade (if you aren’t planning on buying a new computer in the near future, this is a significant deal). Personally, I think it is critically important to stay currant with as many of the major new technologies as possible. And, well – its fun! I have been using a Windows Mobile phone for several months (A Nokia Lumia 920) and love it. Yes, it has fewer apps than the Galaxy S III that I abandoned shortly after buying it, but that gap is closing. And, importantly, it is rock solid and totally integrated into social media channels. The same can be said for Windows 8, so it is a very engaging operating system. I am looking forward to purchasing a Microsoft Surface Pro when it is released at the beginning of February to better test Windows 8 on a purpose-built Intel-based touch screen device. More on that later!

New to Windows 8? Check out these shortcuts for easier navigation

Here are some keyboard shortcuts that will help you move around Windows 8 a bit easier:

<Windows> Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Win7 start menu.

<Windows> + <B> Go to the Desktop from the Metro Start Screen

<Windows> + <D> Brings you to Windows desktop from the Metro Screen

<Windows> + <Tab> Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.

<Windows> + <J> Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.

<Windows> + <R> To bring up the run window from the desktop, so you can type in an application name to run

<CTRL> + <+> Zoom in <CTRL> + <-> Zoom out or hold down <CTRL> and use Mouse Wheel to zoom in and out

<Windows> + <C> Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.

<Windows> + <Z> Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.

<Windows> + E – Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

<Windows> + F – Brings up the Metro File search screen.

<Windows> + H – Opens the Metro Share panel.

<Windows> + I – Opens the Settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.

<Windows> + K – Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)

<Windows> + L – Lock PC and return to Lock screen.

<Windows> + M – Minimize all Windows on the desktop

<Windows> + O – Locks device orientation.

<Windows> + P – Choose between available displays.

<Windows> + Q – Brings up the Metro App Search screen.

<Windows> + R – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box.

<Windows> + U – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.

<Windows> + V – Cycles through toasts.

<Windows> + W – Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.

<Windows> + X – Launch Start Menu.

<Windows> + Y – Temporarily peek at the desktop.

<Windows> + Page Up / Down – Moves tiles to the left / right.

<Windows> + , (comma) – Aero Peek at the desktop.

<Windows> + Pause/Break – Opens up your system window

<ALT> + <F4> Close an application

Originally posted by DrConnery via Reddit http://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/128hif/windows_8_advice_learn_the_shortcuts/