Basic Navigation 0.1 and a request for more advanced task ideas

Here's an early and incomplete first look at the Basic Navigation chapter, which will focus on the basic skills you need to get around in the Windows 8.1 user experience. It focuses on the Start screen, desktop, Charms, and the like.

As the chapter name suggests, this stuff is all very basic, and thus terrible to write, but of course necessary for the book, especially the 1.0 version. (It was previously called Getting Around.) I'm eager to get moving on more advanced topics, but a lot of the buildup to the 1.0 release by necessity requires this kind of stuff. Let us all observe a moment of silence.

Actually, rather than silence, I'm curious what readers—especially those who have paid for the book—are looking for with regards to more advanced tasks and topics. That is, what is it you need to know? What Windows 8.1 mysteries have yet to be resolved?

Feedback is always appreciated. I'll try to plow through the rest of this nonsense this weekend and then move on.

Related side note: I think we're going to stick with the term "Modern" to describe the Start screen, that mobile environment, and the apps that run within it. I'll need to exorcise the terms Metro and Metro-style from the bits that are written already, but will do that later.

Related side note #2: I had forgotten how easy it was to refresh the Contents once it was in place, so I have done that, and will do so for subsequent releases. So that's good news.


Remember, you can download the latest version of this and other chapters, and the full book in progress, from the download page you have hopefully already bookmarked. If you haven't yet paid for the book, please get a copy of the book today.

Basic Navigation 0.1 – 10 pages

Windows 8.1 Book 0.17 – 231 pages