How to stay in touch with Windows 8 apps

Monday 10 June 2013

The Windows 8 operating system (OS) changes the way users communicate with their contacts and organise their schedule. New apps with improved features are available, giving you additional control and a wider range of options for staying in touch.

Whether you're a touch-screen user, or you've retained your keyboard and mouse, these built-in applications promise to improve your user experience.

Who can benefit?

Apps can be used by business professionals on the move - via a tablet, smartphone or laptop - or even office-based workers using a Windows 8 PC. Home consumers can take advantage of Windows 8 apps to stay in touch with their contacts and network online.

How do I send email?

The Mail app allows you to easily view all your accounts, and browse through your work and personal email. It is easy to write messages with rich formatting, and add attachments before sending. When new mail arrives, you receive an alert on the start screen.

What new features are there?

New features include the ability to create, rename and delete folders, flag messages, filter for unread messages, sync faster and more reliably, and search for emails on the server. You can get easier access to search and printing, and see smart contact suggestions when composing a message.

It is also possible to add, edit and delete links when composing a message, manage draft messages more efficiently and send emails from your outlook.com alias.

How do I network online?

The People app brings all your contacts together in one place, making it easy to see what colleagues and friends are up to. It is easy to start or join a conversation simply by adding comments and updates.

Windows 8 also has a built-in Messaging app, which supports real-time chat. This tool makes it possible to see who is online and when.

What are the system requirements?

In order to upgrade to Windows 8 and take advantage of improved email and messaging functions, you need to have a 1GHz processor or faster, 1GB of RAM (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit), and a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 (minimum). You then need to invest in a 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 8 to access the communication apps.

To find out more about the Windows 8 operating system, click here.

Posted by Alex Boardman