How to use Surface RT

How to Surface RT

So Microsoft just lowered the price of the Surface RT model tablets. With this price drop we expect to see many new users of Windows 8 and Surface in general so we thought it would be a good idea to give new comers a short run down on how to use their new Surface RT.

  1. Office: Every Surface RT comes with the document suite program called Office. This is what sets Windows 8 apart from every other tablet operating system out there. Congratulations, you chose the tablet that can actually do something productive.
  2. Windows RT: I have good news and bad news for you Surface RT users concerning Windows. The good news is that your Surface RT runs Windows RT, meaning that your tablet has better battery life than most computers! The bad news is that Windows RT does not support legacy apps, meaning that older programs that worked on Windows 7 or older versions of Windows will not work on your Surface RT. You don’t really need to know anything else about Windows RT.
  3. Anti Virus: Remember how I said older programs don’t work on Windows RT? Well that’s still true but that doesn’t mean you can’t use some older programs. Microsoft bundled some of their old programs to work on Windows 8 RT. Those programs include Office, Paint, calculator, Defender, and a few more. Now the one you really need to know about is Defender, the free anti virus.
  4. Charms Bar: The Charms Bar is the new addition to Windows 8 that should be thought of as the Start Menu. In order to access it, swipe in from the right edge of the Surface. Alternatively, you can use a mouse by going to the top right or bottom right corner. A menu should appear with the options search, share, start, devices, and settings. We will only focus on search here. Lets find that antivirus by hitting the search button. Once you hit search make sure you are filtered to look for Apps, it should show below if you have selected apps. Now just type defender and it should show up. Right click on that app and select pin to start screen. The app will now appear on your start screen.
  5. Skydrive: New apps also come with the new Surface such as Skydrive. Skydrive is the blue app with a cloud on it. All you need to know is that you get free online storage. That way you don’t have to waste hard drive space which you can instead reserve on music or movies.
  6. Music: Another app pre installed is the Music app. The Music app allows you to stream free music, ad supported of course, or buy an Xbox Music pass and get unlimited streaming along with no ads and the ability to download the songs for offline access.
  7. Tutorial: We know Windows 8 can be a little jarring so we thought we would give you a pointer at a real in depth tutorial. If you go to the Windows Store, bring up the Charms Bar and search for Nook, the Nook app should come with a free Ebook on how to use Windows 8.

If you have any other questions feel free to drop a comment below. We might just answer it.