We gather and receive feedback in a lot of ways at Microsoft. One of the things that has been clear to us, (regardless of where the feedback comes from) is that you'd like us to spend a little more time on Windows 8.
We've heard you loud and clear so in addition to hands on events that we've been running, we're also delivering more technical content online via our blog. Windows 8 continues to be a big area of focus for us (because it's something you want to hear about). We covered a lot of great content at launch and we've complimented that with new content like:
In addition to this, there are some great online resources you can use like Microsoft Virtual Academy, our no-cost online training portal. Or software evaluations (free trials) on TechNet that allow you to build your own labs to try out what you've learned.
We always attempt to strike a balance in the ways we engage with you. A balance between online and in person training, a balance of content that is focused on you as an end user or the technical go to person or as the technical decision maker in your company. One of the ways we strike this balance is by listening to your feedback and providing more of what you ask for.
We collect feedback in a lot of ways, one of the really important ones is something called the Global Relationship Study (GRS for short). It's a survey Microsoft sends out twice a year to collect your feedback. So if you receive emails from us, subscribe to our newsletters‚ or you've attended our any of our events you may receive the survey. The important details:
Many of you already read our blogs‚ connect with us on LinkedIn and have attended our events in the last year or so. So you may already know that you're our top priority. So we want to hear from you.We use the GRS results to shape what we do. How we do it and if it's resonating with you. Tell us what you need to be the "go-to" guy (or gal). Tell us what you need to grow your career. We want you to be completely satisfied with Microsoft Canada.
Regardless of how you engage with us‚ you'd probably agree that we hear you. I'd also encourage you to continue to provide that great feedback. We thrive on it‚ we relish it‚ we wallow in it and most importantly of all‚ we action it. So please keep connecting with us and keep it coming! We're listening.
Thank goodness for Classic Shell! At least I can close things.
Thanks for your comment Chris.
For readers not familiar with Classic Shell, it’s a third party application that allows users of Windows 8 to revert to a “classic start menu” that you might find in older versions of Windows. There are other third party applications or software packages out there that do similar things to provide desktop customization.
Chris, you’re right that the applications in Windows 8 don’t actually have a close button like you would find in things like file folders (that little x in the top right). That’s because the app doesn’t really close. This helps users quickly and easily switch back and forth between apps.
Of course there are ways to close apps that are running in the background. An easy way is to just move your cursor to the top left corner of the screen to see the most recent app you’ve accessed. You can also move your cursor down along the left side of the screen to see all the apps you currently have open. To close any of these apps, just right click with your mouse and then select close.
I hope that helps. If other readers have other tips and tricks they’d like to share for how they manage their apps, please feel free to comment.
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