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Tonny

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First I think Windows 8 is just great.

Having said this I am also a little confused. Windos 8 have a number of applications built in, People, Mail, Photo, Skydrive.

So now I got my pictures, but cannot edit and adjust them, so getting Live Essentials and Photo Gallery. So why do I now need two photo applications?

Along comes also Live Mail, so now I have MS Outlook (Hotmail), Live Mail and Windows 8 Mail, all givin access to my mails, different ways, different functionality, so what to use?

Skydrive, gives you acccess to your files (did I say I am a great fan of skydrive), but you cannot edit access and control (or at least I cant), so then you access Skydrive via Outlook Mail, so why do I need Windows 8 Skydrive?

So who do I know, People, is great, but then again I have Messenger as part of Essential, which is maybe even greater, or something I am just missing?

I think it is sometimes difficult to find what it best as one has some functions, another some other, but still I need multiple tools, so has MS managed to integrate it all in Windows 8 when I still need Outlook and Essentials, or can someone maybe give som good advise on how to use these tools in an effective way,,
 

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#2
For my Email I use only Outlook, I don't like the idea to have only a cloud copy of important stuff ( I get access to my Hotmail, Google Apps email and my office 365 email as well as my internal Exchange servers from it ) . For my photo, I use Photoshop elements, I don't need the full power of Photoshop. I will say just find the apps you like most and use this one, you can adjust files extensions to open the apps you like.
 

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FuturDreamz

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#3
Windows 8 is still a first generation OS. hopefully they don't take too long in completing it.
 

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Coke Robot

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Hello there!

The Photos app after being updated allows for cropping and rotating like Windows Photo Viewer did before. It's not meant to be an editing tool.

I personally use Outlook 2013 for my mail client. I have all the Windows apps installed, but those are there as backup and give me calendar reminders if I'm offline. I also use the Messaging app, or at least trying to. I say this because I haven't gotten it to work flawlessly since the Consumer Preview way back earlier this year. I don't use the Windows Mail app, just preference.

The SkyDrive app is there primarily for touch users. SkyDrive on the Desktop is there to give you better management of files and folders, as well as being able to quickly get access to recent files. So for example, you're away from your home PC and editing a document on say, your Windows Phone. Get home, realize you need to do a few revisions, open SkyDrive on the Desktop, and open the document you need.

Basically, Windows 8 lets you pick your poison. If you're on the Desktop a lot, use the Desktop apps like Outlook and Essentials. If you like using the metro apps, you can do that too. If you don't, just uninstall them and call it a minute. You can use both if you want to.
 

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ghost619

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#5
Windows 8 is not better than windows 7
 

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dirtyvu

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#6
First I think Windows 8 is just great.

Having said this I am also a little confused. Windos 8 have a number of applications built in, People, Mail, Photo, Skydrive.

So now I got my pictures, but cannot edit and adjust them, so getting Live Essentials and Photo Gallery. So why do I now need two photo applications?

Along comes also Live Mail, so now I have MS Outlook (Hotmail), Live Mail and Windows 8 Mail, all givin access to my mails, different ways, different functionality, so what to use?

Skydrive, gives you acccess to your files (did I say I am a great fan of skydrive), but you cannot edit access and control (or at least I cant), so then you access Skydrive via Outlook Mail, so why do I need Windows 8 Skydrive?

So who do I know, People, is great, but then again I have Messenger as part of Essential, which is maybe even greater, or something I am just missing?

I think it is sometimes difficult to find what it best as one has some functions, another some other, but still I need multiple tools, so has MS managed to integrate it all in Windows 8 when I still need Outlook and Essentials, or can someone maybe give som good advise on how to use these tools in an effective way,,
Personally, I use Adobe Photoshop to edit photos. But Photo Gallery is pretty awesome for cataloging your picture collection with facial recognition and especially for panorama shots. You can take a series of pictures and use panorama to blend them together into a seamless pic. It's actually my favorite app for panoramas. The facial recognition isn't as good as Picasa. However, a huge reason why I switched from Picasa to Photo Gallery is I had spent a ton of time with facial recognition in Picasa and building a huge database. Then I lost my database and all my work was for naught (I didn't make a backup). But Photo Gallery doesn't depend on a single database. It tags the metadata of the picture. So if your database gets blown out, it's far easier to get things up and running again. Its editing tools are simple and easy and they're free.

The Windows 8 photo app is okay. Its main benefit is it combines your local pictures with your facebook pics, flickr pics, and skydrive pics in one location. I do prefer to see my facebook and flicker photos in this app. But otherwise, it's a pretty sparse program in terms of features. Heck, I still use Windows Photo Viewer to quickly open a picture.

The thing about Skydrive in Windows 8 is the nice integration with the Microsoft apps and the third party apps. Here's an example I made with PicTRO which is a third-party app that pulls pics from deviantART:

[video=youtube;ns_UBe35qik]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns_UBe35qik[/video]

I'm not a fan of the new mail app at all.
 

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