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If you're using the Windows Mail application with an Exchange server you'll need to accept the server's EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) security policies before you can synchronise your mail. You'll find EAS increasingly important in Windows 8, as it's the backbone of Microsoft's BYOD support for WinRT.
Windows 8's new Family Safety feature monitors the online behaviours of your children, so you can ensure they remain safe online. Reports are uploaded to a Windows Live service, where you can see just what they've been doing with a PC — both online and with local apps.
It's easy to set up Windows 8's Family Safety features — and you can do it as part of creating a new user account. You can set appropriate restrictions, including limiting the time a child can use a PC, and the apps they can download.