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Windows 8.1 also has a few business-oriented tricks up its sleeve

Tony Bradley | June 28, 2013
Microsoft focused much of its Build conference keynote on Windows 8.1; meanwhile, the company dug deeper into Windows 8.1's business-oriented features at TechEd Europe.

Windows 8.1 for business
At first blush, Windows 8.1 seems to be a dramatic improvement over Windows 8. Microsoft has addressed crucial complaints that have forced many businesses and consumers to avoid Windows 8, and it has added a variety of features and improvements that make Windows 8 a better operating system overall.

Will Windows 8.1 spark a mass migration to adopt the new Microsoft OS? Probably not. Businesses don't work that way. Even if businesses embrace Windows 8.1, it will take some time before the deployments catch up with that sentiment.

PCs—as in traditional desktop and laptop PCs—are declining in relevance. Many users do more personal computing on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Windows 8.1, however, straddles the line between PC and mobile—it provides a full Windows desktop experience on tablets, convertibles, and ultrabook hybrids.

Businesses will eventually move to Windows 8—and Windows 8.1—out of pure attrition. With Windows 8.1, though, Microsoft has given businesses many reasons to choose to switch now, rather than doing so under duress—kicking and screaming—only when there's no other option.


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