We’re two weeks away from the public launch of Windows 8 and early adopters still struggle to find out all features bundled into the new operating system.Microsoft however is apparently working on an advertising campaign which not only will promote the new product, but will also teach consumers how to use the new Windows 8 features.
Among the new things available in Windows 8, there’s also a brand new Control Panel that provides access to a bunch of different settings available exclusively to users of this operating system.
Before we start talking about the “new” Control Panel, it’s worth mentioning that the traditional Control Panel still exists and provides access to a wider range of options. The fresh menu however is specifically created to let users configure the new Windows 8 tools.
Leaving the “Personalize” menu aside because we’ve already described it here, the “Users” screen gives users the power to set up their Windows account. You can sign in either with a Microsoft or a local account, with several authentication options: a typical password, a picture password and a PIN.
Windows 8 comes with a notification center, so the “Notifications” screen is exactly what you need to set it up. You can configure the apps to show notifications, enable sounds and messages on the lock screen.
Sharing is caring and is also a very helpful Windows 8 option, so have a look at this particular screen to choose the apps you wish to use when sharing content. “Mail”, “People” and “SkyDrive” are by default included in the list.
“Privacy” is very likely to be a very popular screen because it enables users to let apps access their location, user their names and account pictures or allow Windows Store to send URLs for the web content used by installed apps.
While the “Devices” screen shows every installed device on your computer, the “Ease of Access” section comes with options concerning the high contrast, notification time and cursor thickness.
Setting up “Synchronization” is extremely important in case you are using the same account on multiple Windows 8 computers. You are allowed to sync colors, backgrounds, lock screen and account pictures, themes, passwords, language preferences, app settings, browser settings and mouse modifications. All these options are enabled by default, so make sure you have a look in here too.