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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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DDURBIN1
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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.
Tronist
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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?
DDURBIN1
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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.
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!
DDURBIN1
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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$.
garry
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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.
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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.
moarsauce123
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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.
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.
DDURBIN1
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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.
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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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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.
sjacks982
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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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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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