Dell has the Windows 8 for Dummies Dell Pocket Edition eBook for $0 downloaded after filling out a short form. Covers everything from the basics to the hidden tricks that Windows 8 offers.

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 158
    Posted 5:16 pm PDT 10/31/12

    A Match made in Heaven...

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    RakuRay Ben's cred: 71
    Posted 5:20 pm PDT 10/31/12

    Windows 8 IS for Dummies

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    snowcrash411 Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 5:48 pm PDT 10/31/12

    Heh, Dummies with Tablets is what they were shooting for.

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    JimmyJ Ben's cred: 35
    Posted 9:45 pm PDT 10/31/12

    Pushing people another step closer to Linux. Microsoft will get us all there some day. You can't say they aren't trying.

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    justmythoughts Ben's cred: 114
    Posted 5:05 am PDT 11/1/12

    Great find! 11MB, 127 page PDF file, includes color pictures.

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    powermung Ben's cred: 10
    Posted 6:07 am PDT 11/1/12

    i remember when Windows XP was released and people hated it saying its bubbly interface was akin to fisher-price toys. it must make computer n00bs feel superior to say that they're familiar with old versions of Windows.
    it's one thing to be dumb fanboys oooh-wowing at every new feature change apple makes but it's also stupid to hate change just because you're inflexible and so bad at learning new stuff.

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 158
    Posted 6:40 am PDT 11/1/12

    Doesn't this deal belong in the freebie forum?

    I think you miss the point of people who are rejecting Windows 8 for desktops. They don't appreciate Windows 8 because it's designed mostly for touch screens portable devices and is very awkward to use for a non touch screen desktop. It might be fine for a touch screen portable device but it falls short for existing desktops. I'm not sure if a touch screen desktop would be better then existing pointing device desktops. My arms aches just thinking about it.

    http://www.extremetech.com/computing/138847-the-metro-desktop-interaction-in-windows-8-is-an-absolute-train-wreck

    http://www.extremetech.com/computing/138701-windows-8-the-disastrous-result-of-microsofts-gutless-equivocation

    http://www.extremetech.com/computing/121015-windows-8-may-drive-me-to-linux

    Have fun beta testing Windows 8 for Microsoft...

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    shawng93 Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 9:17 am PDT 11/1/12

    hey, i checked the website and i think this deal is over. if not, can someone post what to do after clicking the link?

    Thanks!

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    dikov Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 2:19 pm PDT 11/1/12

    @JimmyJ. Are you scarry of Linux?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3667
    Posted 2:31 pm PDT 11/1/12

    Ben's link is still working. They don't verify or require any email links so you can throw random info in the form.

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    i remember when Windows XP was released and people hated it saying its bubbly interface was akin to fisher-price toys. it must make computer n00bs feel superior to say that they're familiar with old versions of Windows.
    it's one thing to be dumb fanboys oooh-wowing at every new feature change apple makes but it's also stupid to hate change just because you're inflexible and so bad at learning new stuff.


    WinXP's color gradients are less ergonomic, it takes the eye and mind longer to distinguish the controls and iconic symbols. If you are a slow user you may not notice, but power users do. WinXP has a dumbed down interface where you have to read questions and wade through dialogs to get the same jobs done, again it takes longer for those experienced with both os. This became worse still with the move to Vista and today.

    Learning new stuff is not so useful when the new stuff takes longer, is more bloated, and really only benefits those that have never used windows before or when there is no keyboard or mouse. Why not let those who can't use windows learn the new stuff instead of slowing down the entire world's productivity?

    The Win2K interface was the golden era, if only MS would have bolted new hardware tech and security onto that, which they did do to produce WinXP, then Vista, then 7, and now 8, but without screwing up the interface more and more with every version. Windows is now more pretty and esthetically pleasing but from a usability standpoint it is worse, unless you are using a portable touchscreen.

    They used to ask "where do you want to go today", now it's more like "this is what you're going to do today, sheeple".

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