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Windows 8: Out of the Box by Mike Halsey

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Chapter 3. Sharing Your Files, Photos, Music, and Video

Sharing our lives and experiences online is becoming ever more popular as digital cameras and smartphones reduce in price and improve with every new model. Add to this social networking websites and instant messaging and it’s easy to see why hundreds of millions of people are sharing things with friends and family online.

You might want to share files and memories with members of your own family and friends. Windows 8 is the most connected operating system Microsoft has ever produced, with features that are built in to make it simpler than ever to share files, photographs, music, and videos with family, friends, or the wider world through a blog or photo and video sharing website.

In Chapter 2, I showed you how to get online with Windows 8. Now let’s look at how you can make sharing the best moments of your life enjoyable and problem-free.

Top Tips from This Chapter

  1. Windows 8 includes features for sharing your files, photos, music, and videos, which you can access by clicking/touching Share in the Charms Menu.

  2. You can share your files and even printers with other computers running Windows 8 or Windows 7 by setting up a HomeGroup.

  3. You can share pictures, music, and video with non-Windows devices by turning on the Media Sharing feature in Windows 8.

The Windows 8 Sharing Tool

Windows 8 includes a new sharing tool that can be selected at any time from the Charms Menu. If you are looking at a picture, file, video, or other type of content ...

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