I hope to gain a working understanding of Windows 8 that came on my new laptop. I had no problems learning XP, Vista, Windows 7 and the earliest versions of Windows. Windows 8 totally confounds me and makes me feel like the aged senior I am. Everything seems “hidden” , the color tiles seem to be useless to me (when I click on them I get taken to a big icon and nothing more), and I cannot figure out how to access my email through the mail tile as it is not clear how to configure this . When I go into desktop mode I constantly get into menus triggered by cursor moves by accident. I read that this version is designed for touch tablets. I have an android tablet and this does not seem to be anything like it. It is taking me so long to learn how this works and how to navigate through it that I am quite frustrated. I am used to just sitting down and being able to use new versions, but this is taking me ages. I am short on time so this is a problem.