It is very unfortunate that Windows 8 has received a lot of negative press, mainly from those who have never used it! Windows 8 is certainly a major departure in terms of interface from what most people are used to but anyone who has ever used a tablet or a smart phone should be able to adapt pretty quickly. Most of the negativity seems to be coming from those ‘old school’ users who don’t want to learn anything new.

The secret to success with Windows 8 is to spend some time acclimatizing yourself to what’s new. It doesn’t take long, 10 – 15 minutes is enough for most people to get up to speed and be more productive than they were with previous operating systems. It would have been great if Windows 8 did include its own usage tutorial but it doesn’t and that has counted against it when it comes to adoption.

A little bit of digging around the Microsoft site reveals a wonderful training document on Windows 8.

Windows 8 End User Training brochure

We’d recommend that any Windows 8 user download and work their way through the document as it covers a huge amount of the new features of Windows 8. In many cases, once you become familiar with these features you’ll really appreciate how much better than can make your technology experience.

Even if you aren’t currently using Windows 8 it is probably worthwhile downloading and going through the document or at least keeping it handy as chances are, one day you’ll be using Windows 8!