Windows 8 with Chaos

Are you thinking about a Windows 8 computer? The good news is our Chaos programs work great with Windows 8. The bad news is that there are two different products named Windows 8 which you could be purchasing and our software can only be installed on one of them.

Windows RT (some techies still call this “Metro”) runs specially designed apps available only through Microsoft’s Windows 8 App Store. This is what you see in the tv commericals with the “live tiles” and touchscreens.  However, there is no traditional mode on Windows RT devices to run normal Desktop Apps the full versions of Windows 8 can. Since Windows 8 RT cannot provide support for Desktop apps, you won’t be able to run any programs from your previous computers. Windows 8 RT will not be able to run Time & Chaos, Chaos Intellect, Chaos Free or Legal Billing as all of our apps are traditional Desktop Apps.

Windows 8 (or Windows 8 Pro) is the more traditional version of Windows. If you choose to upgrade an older computer, this is the version of Windows 8 you will be getting. Full Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro computers can run RT apps AND full desktop apps, too.  Without a touch screen, it can be a bit tricky to use, but there are mouse and keyboard controls so you can still get by anyway.  Most importantly, since Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro do have the desktop mode, you CAN install and use Time & Chaos, Intellect, Chaos Free and Legal Billing.

In summary, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro work great with our desktop programs.  Windows RT will not.

But wait, there’s one more thing!

There is one small lifeline for Windows RT users which is similar to what users of Apple iPhones and iPads can do or Android devices can do.  Windows RT does come with some built-in programs for Contacts and Calendars which can sync with corporate servers.  If you have an account with our ChaosHost.com service, you can add an account to your RT device to sync your contacts and calendar on the device with the data on ChaosHost. It’s not the same as using our normal software, but it does mean you can still use your data and make edits and changes which will get sent back to your Chaos program on your real computer.

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  1. ” Without a touch screen, it can be a bit tricky to use, but there are mouse and keyboard controls so you can still get by anyway. ”

    My new laptop came with Windows 8, so I installed Classic Shell, which provides a classic Start menu and other features I’m used to. And, of course, Intellect is running just fine!

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