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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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Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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6/16/2013 | 12:36:04 AM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
I just don't understand all the Win8 hate. Desktop mode works fine for work, tiles mode is cool for play. I have a Lenovo Yoga and love having Win8 on it. On a non-touch machine, I just stay in Desktop mode and have no problems.
Perhaps there is some get-on-the-bandwagon me-too hype here.
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6/15/2013 | 1:44:50 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Ten surprise but largely useless benefits for the masses. Microsoft need to stop wasting time and effort with bits of fluff around the edges of Windows 8 and majorly overhaul the interface, just like everyone is asking them to.
proberts551
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proberts551,
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6/14/2013 | 7:19:04 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Iain McDonald - Drunk with the Microsoft Cool-Aid, and in complete denial. What better thing to do to keep your job, but to rant "Success" after insulting all your customers by telling them that they have to learn a new interface...period. In our face huh? Back in yours pal! How many users do you think you lost to Apple? This dud and dude is unbelievable! I have supported professionally every MS Operating system from DOS 3.0 , all Windows Product all the way to Server 2008. I still do it, no problem. In 5 Minutes, I was still lost trying to figure out the Windows 8 GUI (At Walmart) Fire sales on Windows 8 Laptops at Walmart. They want rid of them. What do you suppose this is doing to the standard user? Hummmm, takes no Genuis to figure that out. I had to figure out a few minor issues the the bosses Windows 8 tablet, success with pain. I am not inspired at all by forced education from a product that should be very user friendly out of the box, and creating a fun exciting, easy, logical way to do work and play. This is not the product. Because I do not have to yet, I'm not gong to mess with it further, unitl I need to. Should we all be forced to learn Chinese? I don't think so. Hey! I have an idea? Lets create a new Coca Cola, and throw out the old recipe!
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6/14/2013 | 4:59:50 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Bringing back the Start menu is good, but how about getting rid of all that other crap that's cluttering up the desktop?
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6/14/2013 | 4:53:13 PM
re: Windows 8.1: 10 Surprise Benefits
Its interesting that most of these features are available in Win7 in one form or another.
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