The Microsoft Press Guided Tours app is available on Windows Store!
The Microsoft Press Guided Tours app enables you to:
· Share text, code, illustrations, videos, and links with peers and friends.
· Create and manage highlights and notes, and use them to navigate a guided tour’s content.
· Use Resources view to see all linked-to external docs and samples and navigate the content.
· Sort each tour’s resources your way – as Favorites, Read Later, and Noted.
· Watch explanatory videos in the app, including at full screen size.
· Copy complete code listings and scripts into other programs.
· View resources and download code samples without having to exit the app.
Let me preface this comment by saying that I personally have never had any major problems with Windows 8.x. I understand that Microsoft wants to create an environment that crosses platforms fairly seamlessly so I can understand the original reasoning for at least some of the choices that were made for Win 8.
So, having said that, wouldn't it have made sense to make a guided tour of Windows 8 (8.1)? And put that front-and-center in the Start screen?
For instance, a couple years ago soon after Win 8 came out I didn't know how to shutdown a "metro" app once I started it, I had to ask someone if they knew how. In fact, a friend just commented to me just 2 weeks ago that he didn't know how to shut down some of his Win 8.0 apps (as opposed to Windows 8.1 - he has been afraid to upgrade).
That last point in parenthesis is important. I believe he hasn't upgraded yet because he has finally figured out the minimum usage requirements of Win 8.0, but he heard Win 8.1 is "different" so that means learning something new again.
Seriously, Microsoft, you NEED to build a useful guided tour app for everyday users, NOT for us techies who aren't afraid to "click on this button to see what happens." And that guided tour needs to become a mainstay of your current and future operating systems. *!AND!* you NEED to *not* neglect that guided tour app for new users. PERIOD!!!!
And don't wait for SOMEONE ELSE TO BUILD IT!
(Yes, I'm yelling because I can't believe you, Microsoft, haven't yet figured this out in at least the past 20 years. "Windows" is YOUR product, Microsoft, so treat it like a product you care about and want to share with people.)
Build it into sections maybe. Maybe divide it first into Intro, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Then you can decide how to organize those sections. But I'd highly recommend including things such as "Keyboard Tips That Work in Most Applications". Y'know, things like Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, and Ctrl-X. Then also show users how to click-and-drag the scroll bar. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people click the down-arrow to scroll down when the document is 50 to 100 pages in Word, or worse, 20,000 to 100,000 rows in Excel. It boggles my mind that people don't know to simply click-and-drag the scroll bar with their mouse....
My 2 cents....