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What to Know About Windows 8

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8, has gone live. If you’re expecting just another aesthetic design upgrade, think again. This new OS is a total desktop refresh: Forget about the old start menu and program icons! Windows 8 features a screen of tiles similar to what you see now on Windows’ phones. The tiles act as short cuts to the Internet, your calendar, apps, e-mails, social media, and more. You can customize them to sync with whatever you choose. Overall, the system looks really different than what we’re used to, but it’s easy to get the hang of and includes benefits like faster start-up times, better battery life, a better task manager, and improved system security (including great parental controls). If you bought (or will buy) a Windows 7 PC between June 2 and January 31, the upgrade will only cost you $15. For everyone else, you can get the $70 upgrade for $40 if you buy online before January 31. Click here for more details.

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How Safe Are Your Windows?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

This is National Window Safety Week. If you live in an area where it’s starting to warm up, you’re probably ready to throw open those windows. But before you do, remember the following safety tips. After all, research shows that every year, approximately 5,200 children under the age of 18 are injured because of falls from windows. To keep your kids safe:

* Always make sure they’re locked

* Never put beds and furniture under windows–it’s way too tempting for young kids to climb up.

* Don’t rely on screens to prevent your child from falling out of a window.

* Don’t paint or seal windows shut. You want to be able to open all windows in case of an emergency.

* Consider installing window guards or window-opening control devices to make sure that windows don’t open too far.

For more advice, check out this brochure, courtesy of Andersen Windows & Doors’ Look Out For Kids! program.

Image: Pretty smiling little girl on balcony via Shutterstock

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