Computerworld contributing editor Preston Gralla has been writing books and articles about Windows for many years. One of the founding fathers of the computer press, he specializes in translating difficult concepts into everyday language. Preston's "Windows 8 Hacks" goes behind the scenes of the "eminently hackable" Windows 8 and dishes up modifications aimed at advanced Win8 users. It even includes tips on running Win8 on a Mac.
Windows 8 is an attempt by Microsoft to use Windows as a way to get people acclimated to its mobile interface, and in that way try to gain market share for tablets and smartphones. The problem is that the interface once called Metro isn't really built for traditional computers, so on those types of computers, that part of the OS is an uncomfortable kludge. Its connection to the traditional desktop is a poorly built Rube Goldberg kind of invention.
That's one of the reasons I wrote "Windows 8 Hacks": to make the new OS comfortable to use for anyone and to make it work in ways that power users want.