Windows 8.1 – It’s Easier Than You Think

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ended support for customers using Windows XP. Many businesses still lack a transition plan. A major reason for this delay in many cases is unfamiliarity with the new operating system – you’re already familiar with the Windows XP user interface, and you think that it will require a significant amount of time for you and your employees to learn how to navigate Windows 8.1.

We’re here to dispel this myth – many of the features you know and love in XP are still available in Windows 8.1. Read on for some helpful tips and tricks to make your transition to Windows 8.1 a smooth one.

Windows 8.1 Web

With an ever-increasing lineup of devices — such as notebooks, tablets, desktops, touch or type — there are more choices than ever to find a device to fit the specific needs and unique scenarios of businesses of any size. You can choose the devices that are right for your business — whether it be a touch device or a mouse and keyboard — and have the same Windows experience across all of them.

Windows 8.1 is designed with businesses in mind, building on Windows 7 fundamentals like speed, reliability and security, while creating a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware experiences — from tablets and innovative touch devices to traditional desktops and laptops. Windows 8.1 is great for businesses because it is designed to deliver the experiences people want and provide businesses with the enterprise-grade capabilities they need.

Windows 8.1 enables the mobile workforce. Windows 8.1 allows workers to easily take their office with them wherever they go, and their experience will look the same across all devices — PCs, laptops, tablets and phones. This consistent experience enables businesses to create a more mobile workforce that’s able to be more productive and collaborate any time, from anywhere.

Windows 8.1 keeps your business secure. Windows XP is an outdated operating system that was designed to address the threats of its time. As new threats have emerged, it’s only been able to remain protected through the ongoing delivery of regular security-related updates. Once support ends, security updates will no longer be available, meaning those ever-changing threats will be even more prevalent, leaving businesses on Windows XP at risk.

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The familiar desktop is still there: The desktop is where apps such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint are accessed. To get to the desktop from anywhere in Windows 8.1, tap or click the Desktop tile on the Start screen, or press Windows logo key +D on the keyboard. Additionally, if customisation suits your fancy, you can even personalise your desktop with different backgrounds, colours and themes.

The Start screen hasn’t gone anywhere: Start is where Windows 8 displays apps, people, websites and folders in an easy-to-navigate tile format. To get to Start with a mouse, just move the mouse pointer all the way into the lower-left corner of the screen and click the Start button. To get back to Start using a touch screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Start.

In addition to the familiar interface, Windows 8.1 has additional perks. The five charms—Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings—are quick ways to get to frequently used actions such as searching the Web and your PC, printing documents and emailing photos and links. They’re always available on the right side of your screen, no matter where you are in Windows.

An Introduction to Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Pro is designed to allow customers like you reduce business costs, juggle daily operations and employ a mobile workforce. In addition, the new Windows makes it easier for traditional PC users to move forward on to a modern touch or non-touch device with familiar features such as the Start button and an optional boot to desktop. Regardless of the type of devices you’re using, now is the time to realise the benefits of moving your business to Windows 8.1.

We are here to help

We at Mirus IT can help you navigate the migration by helping you choose the right technology to meet the unique needs of your company and help with the deployment and integration with your existing infrastructure.

For more information on how to make the best transition, check out the XP end of support page and Windows 8 Pro site or call Mirus on 0845 094 2760.