Business Tips for Operating with Windows 8.1
With less than one month to safely operate a Windows XP machine, many businesses are finalizing their plans to upgrade their workstations. While many will opt to upgrade to Windows 7, research shows that some businesses will jump straight to Windows 8.1. If you are in that group, here are some tips to make Windows 8.1 work for your business.
Whether you opt to upgrade straight to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, eNet Systems is here to assist in any way we can. Feel free to contact us. Call 281-403-9561 to get started or email us right now.
- Boot to Desktop
You can now skip the tile interface known as Metro and boot your machine right to the familiar desktop
- Power Command Menu
Click the Windows Key + X to access a number of essential administrative tools such as Command Prompt, Device Manager, Disk Management and more
- Start Screen Layout
Windows 8.1 includes an enterprise feature that can allow all users to see the same start screen no matter which device they use
- Improved Network Access with New Ribbon
Adding a new network location, mapping network drives and similar tasks are much easier now with the new ribbon
- List Desktop Apps First
Windows can now list all custom, business specific desktop apps first followed by general Windows type apps
- Work Folders
With the Work Folders feature, users can sync corporate data across Windows 8.1 and RT 8.1 devices. This option is ideal for sensitive data on the corporate network, as folders can be encrypted and published using SSL certificates. This feature requires the Work Folders service to be set up on a Windows Server 2012 R2 file server.
- Near-Field Communication (NFC) Tap-to-Print
After the initial setup, NFC tap-to-print allows users to tap a Windows 8.1 device to an NFC enabled printer, connect to the printer, and print - without any special configuration. This is especially useful as more businesses have employees printing in the office from their personal devices.
- Workplace Join
Using Workplace Join, users can access some corporate resources without officially joining the workplace domain. Workplace Join requires Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Federation Services and a web server. Again, this is helpful as employees use personal devices in the office and need to gain some network access.
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