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5 Changes That Make Windows 8.1 Friendlier to Businesses
Come April of 2014, Microsoft will finally pull the plug on support for Windows XP after nearly 13 years in the market. There have now been four major Microsoft Windows releases since XP launched, yet Windows XP still holds as much as 30 percent market share on existing PCs, according to some forecasts. It's incredible to think that a large portion of today's computers run an OS that predates the original iPod, the very first XBOX, and all three Lord of the Rings movies.
Windows 8 was a forward thinking, but controversial release met with mostly negative reactions from PC users running traditional computers like desktops and notebooks (which at the time was 99% of all computers). As a result, businesses have written off Windows 8. So with the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is trying their hardest to prevent Windows 7 from becoming the next Windows XP.
The first approach is the new yearly release cycle, which will prevent the massive changes from one iteration of Windows to the next. And second, Microsoft has spent the last year maturing Windows 8, adding in a lot of new features aimed at making the experience more positive for traditional PC users and mobile users alike. Furthermore, it has spent considerable effort making Windows 8.1 much friendlier to businesses, giving the channel a little more ammo to really take advantage of the Windows XP EOL. With Windows 8.1, there's a real opportunity to not only move your customers to an OS from this decade, but a good opportunity to outfit your customers with new types of hardware and devices.
Here are five business friendly changes in Windows 8.1...