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Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits

Windows 8.1 does a lot more than bring back the Start button. These 10 features may give it a much-needed popularity boost with enterprise users.
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Whatever happened to the Near-Field Communication (NFC) revolution? Promising a cashless society where we'd pay for just about everything will a tap (or swipe) of our NFC-enabled mobile gadgets, the dream is just that. And that's despite the fact that companies increasingly see mobile commerce as an important component of their business strategies.

Of course, NFC offers a lot more than a new way to buy Frappuccinos at Starbucks. Windows 8.1 will showcase one intriguing NFC feature: tap-to-pair printing. Rather than trying to locate the correct printer on your work network, you'll simply tap a Windows 8.1 device against an NFC-ready enterprise printer and start printing, says Microsoft.

To enable this feature, you'll need to attach an NFC tag to your existing printers. Who knows, maybe printing will prove to be NFC's killer -- if kinda boring -- app.

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8/1/2013 | 10:12:22 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Microsoft company claims that Windows 8.1 is a blockbuster has numerous new features. The Windows 8.1 has been relatively well received. Windows 8 introduced a modern experience for touch-centric, mobile app experiences, With access to the classic desktop as well as a new Start screen.
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7/2/2013 | 1:22:42 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Did anyone like Microsoft ramming Vista down our throats? Vista/Server2008=codebase NT6.0; Win7/2008R2=NT6.1; Win8/Server2012=NT6.2. System bugs in the knowledgebase "to be fixed in 6.0" are still not fixed in Win8. Sorry Microsoft (our companies just upgraded to Win7): I'm waiting for codebase NT7 before upgrading. So XP still has a 38% installed base? Worried about 4/2014? Server 2003 same codebase (same service packs) has extended support to 2015 and XP embedded 2016.
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7/2/2013 | 12:57:45 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Is it me? I don't see these as benefits. To be fair, my neighbor's children like Win8 because its like their phones and its Facebook friendly. I think Microsoft wanted to help Google by making a competing OS just as bad as Chrome OS, to keep the Justice Department off their backs. I have to connect to the Internet to use Chrome and I need access to my Microsoft account for Win8.
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7/2/2013 | 12:44:10 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
There's always Linux. I hear that Chrome works on Linux and that Google Docs and Google Drive works too. Since Microsoft chose to put a tablet OS on the desktop I'm surprised that Google isn't selling Android for the desktop. (No not Chrome OS.)
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6/24/2013 | 1:29:23 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
M$'s Win8 Start button will just take you to the Applications pane not the true Win7 application list. The "other" crap makes M$ more money so M$ thinks, expect to continue to see it.
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DDURBIN1,
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6/24/2013 | 1:27:07 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Get your fun exciting, easy, logical way for work and play from Apple. Apple got there first so anything simple and easy is a copy right infringement thus the screwed up way from M$.
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6/24/2013 | 1:21:32 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
The only reason Win8 has had any traction is because M$ removed Win7 from the channel. Went to Best Buy to get a copy of Win7 and all had been removed. If Win7 was still on the selves Win8 would barely get a million.
Faye Kane, homeless brain
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6/23/2013 | 1:58:58 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
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> I just don't understand all the Win8 hate

I'm always happy to educate the ignorant!

Let's give Win8 a break for once and pretend you're using it on a touch screen, since it's unusable with the mouse.

Win8 still sux.

I got a touch screen as a novelty. It's always 8" in front of me, so close that I wear reading glasses. That way, I get the effect of a 12' screen a few feet away (which really works, BTW; try it!)

Even though my screen is probably easier for me to reach than for anyone else, I STILL never use touch because it's about 4,096 times easier to slightly move the mouse (that my hand is already on), and click the button (that my finger is already on).

I soon grew physically tired of reaching out to the screen every time I had to click an "OK" button. The only other time I ever stare at my computer screen and move my hand that much is when I watch certain movie clips.

-faye
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6/18/2013 | 9:20:25 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Windows 8(.x) most disturbing OS/GUI ever.
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6/16/2013 | 12:46:14 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
True, and Win7 has the way better desktop. There is zero benefit from Win8 unless one uses touch and touch on a desktop for desktop apps is utterly useless. Leaves the still way too expensive tablets that run a full version of Win8. Folks can get laptops for less money with better performance or tablets for way less money with way more performance and options. There is absolutely no value in Win8.
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