I Love Microsoft Account Sync in Windows 8
Title says it all. I’ve been using Windows 8 for a week or so at work on my main desktop now. It’s running the English (United Kingdom) RTM build. Very nice for a major market like the UK to finally get it’s own regionalised build.
I’ve had my desktop hooked to my Microsoft Account to sync settings such as desktop background, profile picture and colour theme between my Acer Windows 8 tablet at home and my work PC, but I didn’t realise some of the other coolness until today.
I was getting fed up with the bulk of the Lenovo T410s; not because it’s a bad machine, but my in the office notebook is a Lenovo X220 which is a smaller form factor and works better for me, so I wanted one for home too. I installed Windows 8 on it and brought it home to replace the T410s. I already knew that it had synced the interface settings, but also something I didn’t expect – My wireless settings.
I came home and powered the laptop up ready to add the insanely long WPA2-AES key for my home wireless, but the laptop was already showing as connected to a network. Strange I thought as there are no unsecured networks in the are it could have automatically connected to, and low and behold, it was already connected to the home network. Wow!
What I have therefore found in installing and syncing my settings with four different Windows 8 machines now is that I actually have bugger all to do after the installation except for installing Office and adding my Microsoft Account email address and password. All the little settings and interface changes I would have spent an hour making on a Windows 7 machine are already there. Dare I say it, it just works.