Top Windows 8 apps must have

Apart from the  basic apps that come with your PC, I find the following apps quite useful and interesting and they are in my top windows 8 apps list.

Check the top windows 8 apps and install them on your Windows 8 today!

Top Windows 8 Apps

Norton Satellite (Free)

Norton Satellite Top Windows 8 AppsIdentify unsafe files in Dropbox, on your PC, and external storage devices before sharing with friends. Scan your Facebook feed for malicious links. You can customize to scan specific stuff.

OneNote (Free)

OneNote app for Windows 8Take notes that save to the cloud so you have them when you need them. Quickly write up to-do lists with check boxes. Use your device’s pen to draw in your notes as you would on paper. Take photos with your device’s camera to put in your notes. This is one of the essential top Windows 8 apps. You might need this often everyday.

Wikipedia (Free)

WikipediaThis app doesn’t need any explanation. The child in mother’s womb also knows about Wikipedia. So, simply have it on your Windows 8.

Sky News (Free)

Sky News Sky News brings you the latest breaking news and top stories, together with Live Sky News TV, so that you can keep up to date with all the latest stories, whatever you are doing.

What’s new in Windows 8

Now that we discussed about windows 8 reviews, let’s take a look at the features and what’s new in windows 8.

These are general features of overall Windows 8 offerings. For version comparison, visit comparison page on Microsoft.

What’s New in Windows 8

Start Menu

The Metro Tiled start menu is the main attraction of windows 8. The start menu comprises of Live tiles arranged in metro style.

The live tiles shows the content randomly or latest from the source. For example, it will show you the latest emails subject on the email tile. Similarly, it will show latest unread sms on messaging tile. This feature is cool unlike the static icons.

Messaging

The messaging can be used as a hub that combines messages from various sources like Facebook, Gmail, Windows live, etc.

Startup / Login

When you start Windows 8, it asks you to start with live account, now known as Microsoft account. If you don’t have an internet connection, you will have an option create a local account.

When you link the Microsoft account, the data like contacts, emails, etc start getting synchronized. You can control what to and what not to synchronize.

Ease of use on multiple computers

If you have multiple computers lets say one at office and other at home, both having Windows 8 and if you access that using same Microsoft account, you don’t have to arrange that again in another PC. It automatically synchronizes the settings. Of course you can control this too.

Internet Explorer

Windows 8 comes with new Internet Explorer 10. The new IE10 is quite fast and responsive. Enhanced privacy, optimized for touch ease-of-use.

Apps

There are a lot of apps in the apps store and you can download apps – free and paid. Check out the top must have apps on Windows 8. These apps appear as tiles on the start menu of the new Windows 8. Instantly download new apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Some apps, like People, Mail, and Calendar, are built in to Windows 8 and Windows RT—they’re already on your Start screen when you sign in to your PC. See a list of basic apps that come with your PC.

Corners of the screen

The corners of the screen on Windows 8 are sensitive. Moving mouse on right top or bottom shows the general menu of settings, devices, etc. Touching the left top shows the tabs that are open. The bottom left shows the Desktop on start menu and vice-versa.

Picture Password

The new way of screen lock is a divine feature. You can choose your favorite picture and draw a pattern on it to unlock it. Check the video below to know how to use the picture password.

Windows 8 Reviews, the first glance – Microsoft is back in the market!

Microsoft is back in the market with Windows 8. So here are my Windows 8 reviews.

It is an amazing new operating system. I installed it yesterday and still can’t get over it. The new tiles on start menu is amazing. The live tiles keep you alive unlike the older static icons. The metro user interface makes it more appealing.

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Caching – The good, the Bad

All good things created on earth may not be good always. For example, milk may suit some people but for others it may cause skin irritation. Similar is the case with caching.

Caching – Good or Bad?

Caching is not always a good idea. If the site traffic is less and caching is enabled and your website hosting is on multiple servers, the users may experience high load time and may become impatient. This is because the application pool resets and then when users try to open the page the cache is rebuilt because the old cache is expired due to inactivity (low traffic).
caching effects on website load time
So you should enable caching only if the site is having good amount of traffic. And you don’t have multiple applications running on shared basis.

Caching is important for a better load time but at the same time it may not be good for low traffic website.