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Computer Basics Absolute Beginner’s Guide, Windows 8 Edition, Sixth Edition by Michael Miller

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20. Understanding and Using Windows Apps

When you want to do something on your computer, you need to use the appropriate applications. Applications—more commonly called apps—are software programs that perform one or more functions. Some apps are work-related; others provide useful information; still others are more entertaining in nature. But whatever it is you want to do, you need to launch the right app.

With Windows 8 there are actually two kinds of apps. Old-style software apps run in windows on the traditional desktop, whereas newer Windows 8 apps (newly developed for Windows 8) run full-screen from the Start screen. Most people ...

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