Windows 8: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2013
Pages: 930

With Windows 8, Microsoft completely reimagined the graphical user interface for its operating system, and designed it to run on tablets as well as PCs. It’s a big change that calls for a trustworthy guide—Windows 8: The Missing Manual. New York Times columnist David Pogue provides technical insight, lots of wit, and hardnosed objectivity to help you hit the ground running with Microsoft’s new OS.

This jargon-free book explains Windows 8 features so clearly—revealing which work well and which don’t—that it should have been in the box in the first place.

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Mostly about Win 7 - not Win 8

By Pal

from Norway

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Comments about oreilly Windows 8: The Missing Manual:

This was a big, big dissapointment.
Was trully looking forward to learning all about Win 8, but mostly this book relates to the desktop, which is about the same as Win 7.
Don't spend Your Money o this, if you want to see whats Win 8 is about.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Microsoft is correct

By Vino

from Alexandria, VA

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    Comments about oreilly Windows 8: The Missing Manual:

    I read this book after upgrading to Win8 to see what the concerns were about the Tile interface and lack of a Start Menu. The book is very well organized, to the right level of detail, which made it easy and useful to try/test the concepts and material on the computer while reading the book. After finishing and learning the techniques embedded in the software, I do not miss the Start menu, and very quickly became proficient and able to take advantage of the many enhancements from Win7. This book is a great reference for anyone transitioning to Win8.

     
    5.0

    Essential Reading

    By Beekay

    from Walnut Creek CA

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      Comments about oreilly Windows 8: The Missing Manual:

      David Pogue had a brilliant idea when he first coined the phrase "Missing Manual" and I have been a fan of this series for years. I upgraded my laptop to Windows 8 out of curiosity as I couldn't believe it was as confusing and terrible as some would have you believe. I was also asked to demonstrate it to my local computer group and so I immediately purchased the "Missing Manual" for Windows 8 when it was released.
      My initial playing with the system before I purchased the book was encouraging and I quite liked the faster response time to boot up and shut down. I also didn't have too much difficulty adapting to the "tile" screen. However when I started reading the book I found so much more about the system and its capabilities.
      The author has divided the book into several sections which help tremendously in introducing the new user to the system. The first part is getting you accustomed to the new interface which you might be tempted to skip but I strongly recommend reading this to pick up several tips which will help you master the system quickly and improve your workflow.
      The rest of the book carefully goes through distinct sections (seven in total) which cover particular areas. For instance part 3 "windows online" gives a full description of hooking up to the internet, IE 10 and Windows e-mail.
      Each part of the book consists of several chapters which cover the initial topic in greater depth but which allows you to find help so much easier than searching through an index!
      Because of the great in depth look at the system this book is large (800+ pages) but because of the breakup of the sections it is easy to use the book as a reference without having to read all of it before starting.
      I would recommend this book without any reservations to anyone wanting to start using Windows 8 and also to keep prominently on your bookshelf as an excellent reference book!

       
      5.0

      "Windows 8: The Missing Manual" by David

      By palmern22

      from Wellsboro, PA

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        Comments about oreilly Windows 8: The Missing Manual:

        O'Reilly Media's Missing Manual series is an attempt to provide easy to read documentation to products that have poor documentation or none at all. In the case of David Pogue's book,"Windows 8, The Missing Manual", the book aims to replace Microsoft's hard to read and sometimes non existent documentation on Windows 8. Pogue breaks this book up into different parts to keep like chapters together. The two most distinguishing parts are the parts on "TileWorld" and Windows Desktop. Pogue refers to Windows 8 tile based section, while Windows Desktop is the traditional Desktop Environment. Pogue also describes the benefits of Windows 8 and discusses unique features and security.

        What I really enjoyed about this book is as a frequent Windows user is that there were still new things for me to learn. Since my computer is a PC and not a tablet or touch enabled laptop, I frequently use the desktop environment more than I use "TileWorld". What I liked is that Pogue made it easy for a mostly desktop user to still be comfortable in the "TileWorld" environment. Another cool thing about this book is how Pogue presents the reader with more than one way to accomplish a task. This is especially useful for touchscreen users who may not have a mouse.

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        5.0

        Informative, easy to use

        By SyrenaG

        from Belfast, ME

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          Comments about oreilly Windows 8: The Missing Manual:

          I have not used Windows since XP in 2005. Windows 8 was daunting. I started at the beginning of the book and within a short time I was up and running. It had great tips regarding the "TileWorld" vs. regular desktop. The language is easy to understand for the non-technical computer user but is concise enough for the more advanced user. I was confused with 8 and now I am much happier.

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          Windows 8 Secrets Revealed!

          By Foxpaw

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            Comments about oreilly Windows 8: The Missing Manual:

            This book is so aptly titled! It really IS the "Missing Manual" for Windows 8....the one that should have come with your copy of Windows 8. But, it's all delivered with a clear, informed perspective.....and a pleasant sense of humor. Very useful if one wants to make Windows 8 work FOR you, not against you!

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