Windows 8.1 is Coming!

Windows 8.1 is on the horizon bringing with it a host of new features offering manageability, mobility, security, user experience and networking capability improvements.

Here are a few new features that will speed up your work and further improve your ability to do work on-the-go:

Work Folders: Work Folders allows a user to sync data to their device from their user folder located in the corporation’s data center. Files created locally will sync back to the file server in the corporate environment.

Open MDM: You can use an OMA-DM API agent to allow management of Windows 8.1 devices with mobile device management products, like Mobile Iron or Air Watch.

NFC Tap-to-pair Printing: Tap your Windows 8.1 device against an enterprise NFC-enabled printer and you’re all set to print. No more hunting on your network for the correct printer and no need to buy a special printer to take advantage of this functionality. Simply attach an NFC tag to your existing printers to enable this functionality.

Wi-Fi Direct Printing: Connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software on your Windows 8.1 device, forming a peer-to-peer network between your device and the printer.

Mobile Broadband: Windows 8.1 supports embedded wireless radio, which gives you increased power savings and a longer battery life.

Broadband Tethering: Turn your Windows 8.1 mobile broadband-enabled PC or tablet into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing other devices to connect and access the internet.

Auto-triggered VPN: When you select an app or resource that needs access through the inbox VPN–like your company’s intranet–Windows 8.1 will automatically prompt you to sign in with one click.

Remote Business Data Removal: Staff person or client out of the picture? Make data inaccessible or delete it. Mark content as corporate, encrypted, and then wipe the data when the relationship between the corporation and user has ended.

Improved Internet Explorer: IE 11 improvements include faster page load times, side-by-side browsing of your sites, enhanced pinned site notifications, and app settings like favorites, tabs and settings sync across all your Windows 8.1 PCs.

Variable, Continuous Size of Snap Views: You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. You can resize apps to nearly infinite sized windows, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each monitor.

Desktop and Start Screen: Still love your mouse? Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.

Read more about what’s new in Windows 8.1.

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