Windows 8.1 Information

June 26, 2013

Windows 8 was released in the Fall of 2012 and quickly received an unfriendly response from the user community.  It was designed for touch screen devices such as smart phones and tablets and in those environments it works well.  But Microsoft wanted a common look and feel across all platforms so it is also on laptop and desktop computers.  In these more traditional environments it was very unwelcome by the public.  To address some of the unfriendly chatter about Windows 8.0, Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.1 in the latter part of the 2013 summer.windows81
Windows 8.1 has a number of nice features.  It brings back the start button on the bottom left hand corner of the screen.  It will come with Internet Explorer 11, designed specifically for use in a touch screen environment.  When working in documents users will be able to save directly into their Skydrive account, so that those files will be more widely accessible.  An updated PC Settings area will give you access to all settings without having to go to your desktop and then to your control panel.
There will also be other less significant changes, such as more backgrounds built-in.  In a business environment, little is changing that would cause us to recommend Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.  If you’re not sure if Windows 8 is right for your organization, give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages for your environment.


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