Downloading Apps from the Windows Store
One of the new features of Windows 8 is the ability to download apps for your computing devices from the Windows Store. Note that you must be signed-in to your computer using a Microsoft Account in order to download apps from the Windows Store.
To download an app once you have signed-in using a Microsoft Account, click the “Store” icon within the Start screen to open the Windows Store app. Here you can browse the available apps to download. You can browse apps by category or simply review the featured apps that are displayed. You can click on an app that is shown within the Windows Store to read more about the selected app. On the app page shown, you can click the “Back” button in the upper left corner to return to the last page shown. You can also click the hyperlinks shown at the top of the app page to read the “Overview,” “Details,” and “Review” of the app.
To download the app, click the “Buy,” “Try” or “Install” buttons at the left side of the page. Free apps will typically just show the “Install” button, and paid apps will often show the “Buy” and “Try” buttons. The “Try” button will allow you to install a trial version of the app, which you can later purchase if you wish to keep. You can also click the “Buy” button to buy and download the app immediately. You will need to provide some form of payment in order to download and purchase a paid app.
After selecting an app to install, you will see your download information appear in the upper-right corner of the screen. Once your app has been downloaded and installed a message box will appear onscreen informing you of that fact. You can then close the Windows Store app by clicking at the top of the app window and then dragging the app all the way to the bottom of the screen.
Also note that the Windows Store will also provide updates to the apps that are installed on your computer. You may see a small number appear on the Live Tile icon of the “Store” within the Start screen. This number indicates the number of app updates that you can install. To download the updates, simply click the “Store” app icon to open the store and then click the “Updates” link within the app window to begin downloading and installing any app updates that are available. Note that if you are logged into multiple computers that share the same apps, then you may need to log out of any other computers that may be logged-in before some of the apps will be able to be updated. For example, if you are logged into a desktop computer and then try to update the “SkyDrive” app, it may not allow you to do this if you are concurrently logged into the same Microsoft account with your laptop. In this case, you must log out of any other devices that are preventing the update to occur, such as the laptop in the example mentioned, before you can successfully update the apps
Managing App Files
You will often see a new “Files” screen appear within apps when you perform a functions such as saving an app file, opening an app file, or selecting a file within an app. The “Files” windows that appears within many apps allows you to quickly find, save, or open the selected type of file within your computer.
Within the “Files” window, you can click or tap the drop-down arrow next to the word “Files” to select a folder location or library within your computer. Within a selected location, you may also see other commands at the top of the window that will allow you to browse the folders and view files. For example, you can click the “Go up” command, if shown, to move one level higher within the folder hierarchy from the currently selected location. Often you will see another drop-down arrow that displays sorting options for the current folder. You can click or tap the drop-down arrow next to that command to change how the files within the folder are sorted. For some apps, you may also see another drop-down that filters that types of files shown within the window. You can click or tap the drop-down arrow next to that command to change or select the type of files to display.
You will also see any app file management commands shown at the bottom of the “Files” window. So, for example, if you are opening a file, you would select the file to open and then click the “Open” or “Select” button that appears at the bottom of the window. Note that the buttons available will change depending on the app. When saving an app file, you will most often enter the name that you want to give to the file into the text box shown at the bottom of the window, and then click the “Save” button.