Windows: in sync with
the way you live
Great devices become
uniquely yours
For everything you do
More from the start
Choose the perfect
combination of style
and function
Get serious about your
games and music and videos
The language of touch
Search, discover and do
Make it your own
Be your most productive
and creative
Enjoy a personalized
experience across all
your devices
Stay connected to what
matters most
Everything works,
works better with more stuff,
at home and at work
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Stay focused while
Windows minimizes
delays and distractions
Stay better protected with the
latest enhancements in
privacy and security
Windows devices and
services for business
Your partner in productivity
Great devices customized
for your business
Always ready for business
Enterprise-grade security
and authentication
Windows 8.1 Update
Windows in action
Get the update today and
enjoy all the enhancements
Taking and sharing
class notes
Get it now
Planning a fantastic vacation
Windows for app builders
Proven technologies and
industry-leading tools
Mixing some downtime with
some uptime
Windows: in sync with the
way you live – and ready for
you right now
Find out more about
the new Windows today
Build the best games
for the best hardware
Create immersive
app experiences
Reach more app lovers
on more devices
More opportunities
for revenue
Let the Windows Store
work for you
Windows: in sync
with the way you live
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Windows 8 introduced innovation
for highly mobile, touch-enabled, and
always-connected computing.
Windows 8.1 is an evolution of the
Windows 8 vision for a world where
great devices are paired with a
powerful collection of essential apps
and cloud-based services.
This is the new Windows, and it’s
designed for the way you live. It’s
advanced, delivering the best of new
hardware designs and technologies.
It’s personal, offering a range of
choices that spans devices, designs,
and displays. You get a selection of
great apps, more cloud-powered
entertainment, more communication
and storage options, and a better web
with new browsing and search
Best of all, Windows brings everything
together so that all your apps and
services work intelligently with each
other and stay in sync with you. That’s
the one-of-a-kind experience waiting
for you on Windows 8.1 and Windows
RT 8.1 today.
For everything you do
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With everything we do on our devices,
wouldn’t it be great to have it all
brought together? The new Windows
brings together all the things we do,
complete with a fantastic collection of
apps and services for the way we live.
Connect with friends on Skype, power
discover new apps in the Windows
Store, and then use the cloud to keep
everything backed up and in sync
– Windows keeps pace with our life,
regardless of where we are or where
we go.
Best of all, everything on Windows
is designed to work well together.
The result is an experience that helps
us be more productive, creative, and
communicative. With Windows, we can
get more done and have more fun
doing it.
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purchase with Windows 8.1.
More from the start
Get the most out of your Windows
device by taking a few quick steps at
the start. Begin by going online and
setting up your Microsoft account.
It’s free and fast, and it connects
your device to the full range of apps
and services that makes Windows
so rewarding.
If you use your email
address as your Microsoft account,
many of the apps that come with your
Windows device – Mail, Calendar,
People, OneDrive, and Skype – will
easily connect with the other services
you use, like Facebook, Twitter
and Google.
With your Microsoft account, you can
shop for apps in the Windows Store
Once your account is active, you’ll
be ready to hit the Windows Store for
discovering and downloading a world
of great apps. That’s on top of all the
fantastic and free apps that Windows
provides out of the box, like Bing
News, Finance, Travel, Food & Drink,
Weather, Calendar, Reading List,
and more.
the cloud and get a free account on
Skype. By linking other Windows
devices to your account, you can keep
downloaded Windows Store apps in
sync from screen to screen.
The Start screen is where
everything comes together.
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websites – you choose what
goes here and how it’s
displayed, for an expression
as unique as you are.
Innovative ways to teach computers
to kids
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Finally, be sure to check out the new
Help + Tips app for an instructional
tour through the basics of navigation,
using settings, and new features in
Windows 8.1. When this app is paired
that help with key actions – such as
getting around, returning to your last
app, and getting to Start – you’ve got
great resources for making the most
of Windows.
Setting up your Microsoft
account is free and fast, and
it connects your device to
the full range of Windows
apps and services. Set it up
right at the beginning to
make the most of Windows
from the start.
Get serious about
your games and
music and videos
Whether you’re watching a movie,
enjoying some music, or gearing up to
reach game Level 50, Windows delivers
a seriously entertaining experience
Ready to stream content from your
PC to another device for even richer
and many more – all available through
the Windows Store.
SmartGlass gets your Windows devices
– it’s your complete entertainment
millions of songs to discover, stream,
programming you love, all available
from wherever you are. Import your
existing media – including your
iTunes library – to have all your stuff
in one place.
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and projectors through an adapter,
and even duplicate or extend the
enhance your favorite shows, movies,
music, sports and games. With
SmartGlass, you can play a movie on
reading about the cast on another
Windows device.
makes it easy to watch the things you
love wherever you are.
Tens of thousands of great
apps are available in the
Windows Store, including
your favorites across the
world of entertainment,
and games.
Discover the hottest new games,
classics you love, and exclusives
for Windows.
Search, discover,
and do
Windows is great for all the ways you
explore your world – it helps you learn,
search and do more.
One of the many apps
built in to Windows 8.1,
Bing Travel pulls together
everything you need to
plan a great trip – and
makes it easy to complete
the actions that turn plans
into reality.
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Calendar provides helpful, powerful
views of your schedule. Calendar is
optimized for Exchange, with rich
support for arranging meetings and
managing a busy schedule.
All the music you want, any way you
The Maps app, powered by Bing,
music you love in one simple app.
Re-imagined from the ground up just
for Windows, the Music app lets you
access your collection, play the radio,
and explore millions of songs for free,
right from the start.
get to the places you’re looking for.
Quickly pinpoint, save and explore
the locations you care about, get
The What’s Next view provides a look
well-suited to personal calendars.
and more.
Bing Smart Search:
to change your default printer), you
don’t need to use another mode of
So much of what we do on our
connected devices begins with a
search. With Windows, search has been
re-imagined to be all about the results
you need and the actions you can take.
Search is easier than ever -- at the Start
screen, click the search icon or just
start typing; you can also use the
Search charm from anywhere in
Windows. Bing Smart Search has
widened the net, so searches are
global, returning results from your PC,
your apps, your cloud storage, and the
web. If what you’re looking for resides
in an app or in your settings (like how
what you’re looking for
apps, cloud and the web,
displaying the results in
an intelligent, organized
way that makes it easy to
take action.
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Touch a more beautiful web
Browsing remains a big part of what
we do on our connected devices. The
new Internet Explorer 11 makes the
web feel more like a beautiful app than
a traditional browsing experience. Sites
load fast and pages look bigger
because navigation controls are kept
off-screen until needed. Built for touch
and for speed, Internet Explorer 11
gives you a web that’s amazingly fast
automatically by the browser. Browse
tabs side by side, set privacy settings
with one click, and pin your favorite
sites to the Start screen.
Here, too, your Microsoft account
works to keep things in sync. Start
a browsing session on one Windows
device and continue it on another
– your settings, browser tabs, and
history persist across your devices.
It’s not a new web, but with Internet
Explorer 11, it might feel like one.
touch-enabled PC.
You can set bookmarks in most any
browser, but with Internet Explorer 11,
a single tap or click shows your favorite
sites along with your most-frequented
ones which are remembered
Internet Explorer 11
makes your web browsing
experience feel more like
a beautiful app; it’s fast,
A world of great apps
Windows offers you a wide world of
app choices, from the essential apps
that come built-in, to all the apps you’ll
discover and download in the
Windows Store. Start by checking
out the apps that come with your
Windows device.
These essentials – including Mail,
People, Calendar, Camera, and Photos,
along with Bing News, Weather, Sports,
and Travel, to name a few – cover the
basics and more. Right out of the box,
you’re ready to get things done with
things fast with Bing Smart Search, and
plot the best route with Bing Maps.
Now, you’re ready to visit the Windows
Store. This marketplace offers the apps
you already know and love, plus new
apps ready for you to discover, with
more arriving daily. The redesigned
offer a trial period so you can try
before buying. And if you get or give
Windows gift cards, they can now be
used across the Windows Store,
want with great layouts and intuitive
categories like recently-added apps.
And when you need to see the full list
of your apps, the condensed view
makes it easy to see even the largest
app collection at a glance.
Plus, Windows has great ways to
encourage the discovery of new apps.
Find new favorites by checking out
trending apps and personalized
recommendations. Go ahead and
experiment – lots of apps and games
are free and many of the paid ones
The Windows Store is
where to download the
apps you love and discover
new favorites; fresh layouts
new, what’s trending and
what’s recommended just
for you.
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Apps work
great together
The apps that come with Windows are
how you do things.
Take the Camera app, for example.
When you take photos, you typically
also want to edit and share them – so
the app includes everything you need
to create and send amazing pictures.
In the Food & Drink app, recipes
generate their own grocery lists and
menus are paired with wine
suggestions; it even provides for
hands-free navigation – using your
device’s front-facing camera to track
gestures – for when you’re up to your
wrists in cookie batter.
Another one of the great
apps that comes built-in,
Bing Food & Drink provides
culinary instruction and
inspiration with recipes, an
extensive wine guide and a
“hands-free” mode for use
in the kitchen.
Bing Travel
Bing Weather
Bing Health & Fitness
The Bing Travel app lets you explore
more than 2,000 destinations from all
over the world through beautiful
photos and 360° panoramic views, as
well as attraction, hotel, and restaurant
recommendations. It’s a window to the
rest of our world.
The Bing Weather app helps you
prepare for the latest conditions with
hourly, daily, and 10-day forecasts;
easily customized favorite locations;
and interactive weather maps that
keep you informed of upcoming
weather as it develops.
Bing’s Health & Fitness app is the
one-stop spot for a healthier you. It
combines nearly 1,000 exercise videos;
nutritional and medical references; and
exercise, diet, and health trackers to
help you meet your wellness goals.
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Bing Food & Drink
Bing Sports
Bing News
Chock full of recipes, wine information,
and cooking guides, the Bing Food &
Drink app is designed to be used in the
kitchen, especially with the “handsfree” mode to navigate recipes with a
wave of the hand instead of sticky
The Bing Sports app helps you easily
keep up with all the sports and teams
you care about with headlines, scores,
schedules, standings, statistics, and
much more in a personalized
experience with live tile updates on
your favorite teams.
The photo-rich Bing News app makes
it easy to stay up to date with the news
that matters most to you, delivered in
a customizable experience with
personalized coverage of the topics
you choose, from national and local
sources you trust.
Be your most
productive and
A big part of our day is about getting
things done. Whether it’s meeting a
personal project, Windows can help us
stay creative and productive.
For peak productivity, nothing matches
including Word, PowerPoint, Excel,
Outlook, and OneNote – running on
expert, with a split-screen capability
that displays up to four apps at once,
depending on the size of your monitor.
There’s an amazing new global search
and a new touch-optimized Internet
Explorer 11 that’s fast and streamlined.
And if you get interrupted or need to
take a break, use Reading List to
bookmark apps and web pages to
quickly return to them later.
new features that are ideal for
collaborating. You can easily share and
with others – just send the link or use
editing. You can add online videos to
documents, open and edit PDFs, and
align pictures and diagrams with
minimal fuss. Excel templates make
quick work of setup and design, and
new PowerPoint tools help with
alignment, color-matching, and
template design. Use OneNote to take
notes in whatever way you prefer
– your notes are saved, synced to your
other devices, and searchable. Noticing
can be shared and synced easily with
they can sync and share with you.
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sold separately.
Reading List
Do you ever run out of time to read
articles or watch videos you’ve found
online? Reading List lets you easily
track and manage any content in a
beautiful display to get back to later.
with the Reader app. Zoom, search,
take notes, save and then print or
OneDrive: the one place for
everything in your life
For many of us, creating new photos
somewhere else, and we’re not really
sure that everything is backed up.
That’s what OneDrive is for. It’s a free,
cloud-based service built into
Windows that keeps all your stuff in
one place so you can easily see, store,
sync, and share it.
Access and integration
Peace of mind
OneDrive lets you access and interact
with your stuff – anytime, anywhere,
If something happens to one of your
devices, don’t worry about losing your or sign in to your
Microsoft account. OneDrive is also
integrated into the latest versions of
automatically kept in the cloud so you
can reach and restore what you need.
can recover it online in the OneDrive
recycle bin.
all the services and devices you use.
Easy to share
With OneDrive, you can easily share
anyone, with everyone, or with no one
at all. You determine what gets shared
and what stays private.
OneDrive is the one place for all your
stuff, available to all the people you
storage are free, and you can easily
upgrade whenever you need more.
With OneDrive, you have
and photos. So you can
always access and share
your stuff, no matter where
you are or what device
you’re using.
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Apps to explore
your creative side
With Fresh Paint, available free in the
Windows Store, you can paint what
you imagine, and share what you
create. And you don’t have to worry
about mistakes. Undo and erase have
you covered.
Apps work great together. With the
Camera and Photos apps, plus the new
Scan app, you can keep a digital album
of your best photos. Save it to your
OneDrive for access to your photos
from across your Windows devices.
Use the Sound Recorder app to
capture your voice narration.
Fresh Paint is a fun and
easy-to-use painting app
that comes with Windows.
Create original artwork or
turn photos into beautiful
paintings, then share your
creation with a tap or click.
Stay connected to
what matters most
We want to stay close and connected to
all the people in our life, no matter
where they are or where we go.
Windows serves as an essential
communication hub for all the ways
– email, video chat, social updates
– we stay in touch with our world.
Manage your life
The updated Mail app and
give you a powerful and personal mail
experience. No matter if it’s your
personal or your work mail – you can
handle multiple accounts in one place.
The people view helps you track
incoming mail from your most
important contacts. The newsletter and
social update views channel this mail out
of your inbox and into a separate view
that you can browse when it’s
convenient. Use the Sweep feature to
automatically keep your inbox free of
unwanted mail. With the updated
Calendar app, you can quickly create
events and view your schedule for
multiple accounts.
The built-in Mail app is a
powerful communications
tool for easily adding and
managing your email and
email accounts, including
features for tracking what’s
what’s not.
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Automatically organizes your inbox,
with quick views of your favorite
Makes your email productive. Makes
your Windows personal.
is the world’s fastest-growing email
service and has more than 400M
active accounts.
social updates. Quick commands in the
message list, drag-and-drop, and
Sweep for help you
breeze through messages.
Connect with people
device? The Mail app can access
content saved to OneDrive just like
inboxes is a snap, as the Mail app lets
you connect to multiple mail accounts
we multi-task with email and
appointments, Mail and Calendar are
great when used side-by-side with
other apps.
The People app is your universal
address book. See contacts from all
your address books in one place, and
get the latest updates from your
friends. Sync contacts from social
networks like Facebook and Twitter.
When you want to get in touch with
someone, you can send email, call
them, or post to social media directly
from the People app. Pinning to the
Start screen is always an option, too
because your tiles are not just for
pinning apps. Pin friends and family
members for instant access, and with
‘live’ tiles, you can get their updates
right on your Start screen.
Stay connected even
when you’re apart
When only a face-to-face connection
will do, Skype is the way to go. Chat
with your best friend, see the kids
when you’re on the road, or catch up
with the relatives. With Skype on
Windows 8.1, your people and recent
conversations are just a tap or
click away.
With the built-in People
app, all your contacts are
in one place, you can easily
see updates from all your
social networks, and you
can easily connect with
people in whatever way
you prefer.
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Bring all your contacts together
in one place. See what’s new with
your friends, and join in the
conversation by adding your own
comments and updates.
With Skype, you can stay close to friends
and family even when you’re apart. Your
Skype instant message will automatically
snap to the side as you’re watching a
show or playing a game, and you can
call and an instant message all in one
message anytime.
Great devices become
uniquely yours
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Your Windows PC or tablet is an
extension of you, with many ways
to personalize your experience. Pick
the perfect device, customize your
Start screen with the content and
backgrounds you want, and download
apps you love from the Windows Store.
Windows gives you virtually unlimited
options for creating an experience that
to you.
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Windows devices come in a
wide range of stylish,
powerful, and lightweight
Some apps sold separately;
apps vary by market. Some
features require Windows
8.1 Update which requires
Internet access; fees may
Choose the perfect
combination of
style and function
Windows devices have the latest
hardware innovations in such a range
a perfect match. New chipsets mean
powerful, lightweight devices, from
the smallest tablets, to beautiful
touch laptops with high performance
detachable screens or convertible
Your Windows device can also serve
as a hub for other things. Connect your
PC to a large screen and enjoy topcome to life on powerful laptops and
desktop PCs. High-resolution displays
light up across all screen sizes.
Windows 8.1 supports devices with
Bluetooth 4.0 LE, for high performance
with great battery life. Mobile
broadband keeps you connected
anywhere. Screens with multi-touch
support have improved on-screen
keyboard and text selection, with a
split layout, numbers on the primary
keyboard, and improved IME support.
functions, and features you want, even
down to how to interact with your
device – via touch, type, click, or pen.
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Whatever mode you choose, you’ll
be able to switch smoothly between
Start, your apps, and the familiar
desktop. And it’s Windows, so you
know that your new device is
compatible with a vast range of
printers, cameras, keyboards, mice,
monitors and other accessories.
Impressive and powerful editing is now
simple and intuitive with the new
Camera app.
Take standard-sized or 360° panoramic
photos. Edit and share your photos
within 10 seconds of taking them, all
within the Camera app.
The language
of touch
enabled device, you can quickly
perform key activities like Search and
Share; there’s a corresponding
command for using a mouse or
keyboard, so you can interact in
whatever way you prefer.
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Swipe from the right edge
for system commands
Swipe in from the left
to switch apps
Swiping from the right side of the
screen reveals the charms with system
commands. Swiping from the left
brings up previously used apps.
Swiping in from the left reveals
thumbnails of your open apps so you
can switch to them quickly.
Mouse equivalent
Place the mouse pointer in the loweror upper-right corner of the screen.
Mouse equivalent
Place the mouse pointer in the upperleft corner, and click to cycle through
apps, or in the lower-left corner to see
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Swipe in and out on the left
to bring up previously used apps
Swipe from the bottom or
top edge for app commands
Drag an app to close it
Swiping in and back out on the
left brings up the most recently used
apps and you can select an app from
that list.
App commands are revealed by
swiping from the bottom or top edge.
You can swipe from the top to the
bottom of the screen to dock or close
the current app.
You don’t have to close apps. They
won’t slow down your PC and they’ll
close on their own if you don’t use
them for a while. If you want to close
an app, drag the app to the bottom of
the screen.
Mouse equivalent
Place the mouse pointer in the
upper left and slide down the left
side of the screen to see the most
recently used apps.
Mouse equivalent
Right-click the app to see the
apps commands.
Mouse equivalent
Move the mouse pointer to the top of
the screen (Windows Store apps) or
top of app window (desktop apps); in
upper-right corner of title bar, click on
the close button.
Press and hold
to learn
Tap to perform
an action
Slide to drag
You can see details when you press
and hold. In some cases, pressing
and holding opens a menu with
more options.
Tapping something causes an action,
such as launching an app or following
a link.
This is mostly used to pan or scroll
through lists and pages, but you can
use it for other interactions, too, such
as moving an object or for drawing
and writing.
Mouse equivalent
Point to an item to see more options.
Mouse equivalent
Click an item to perform an action.
Mouse equivalent
Click, hold, and drag to pan or scroll.
Also, when you use a mouse and
keyboard, a scroll bar appears at the
bottom of the screen so you can scroll
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Swipe to select
Pinch or stretch
to zoom
Within an app, swipe down or across an
item to select it. A quick, short
movement works best. On Start, press
and hold to select a tile.
Zooming provides a way to jump to
Mouse equivalent
Simply right-click to select
within the app.
Mouse equivalent
Hold down the control key on the
keyboard while using the mouse wheel
to expand or shrink an item or tiles on
the screen.
location within a list. You can start
zooming by pinching or stretching two
Rotate to turn
an object. You can turn the whole
screen 90 degrees when you rotate
your device.
Mouse equivalent
Support for rotating an object depends
Make it your own
You picked the right device, and now
you’re ready to personalize it. First, for
the Lock screen, you can choose a
photo, a series of photos for a slide
show, and the apps you want to display
personal and informative.
Next, the Start screen is where
favorite apps, sites, and people are
here – choose what gets pinned and
how the tiles are displayed, right down
to the order, number, and size. Pin
everything you use daily, or go with a
minimalist approach, knowing that you
can get to the full list of apps and
contacts in one swipe or click. Select
from a variety of colors, background
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You’ll notice something interesting
when you select your tiles and pin
them to Start. Instead of a set of static
icons, your tiles are dynamic,
displaying constant updates, so you
see the latest weather forecast and
stock prices, for example. Additional
personalization choices include the
option to boot straight to the desktop
or your favorite app, so you can go
straight to the app you use most
instead of having to visit the Start
screen to access it. You can also decide
to sign on with a Picture Password over
a traditional password.
On your Start screen,
you can have ‘live’ tiles
dynamically refresh to
deliver updated
information, like weather
forecasts and stock prices.
designs or personal photos to make
it an expression of you.
Help + Tips
With Windows, your experience is as
things at will. Of course you’ll love it
– you designed it.
The Lock screen is one
of the ways you can
personalize your display;
choose your colors and
designs or even select
a set of personal photos
for a slideshow of great
Enjoy a
experience across
all your devices
With Windows, you can get a
coordinated, personalized experience
on all your screens. This is possible
because you can link your content and
settings to your Microsoft account,
which is attached to you instead of to
any particular device.
Not just another password to
remember, your Microsoft account can
connect and coordinate information
across devices, so your Windows Store
apps, settings, and browsing history
are there for you. You get a consistent
experience from screen to screen, even
when you’re logging in on someone
else’s device. And with OneDrive
get to your stuff regardless of where
you are or what device you’re using.
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Sound Recorder
Edit and organize your photos with
great editing capabilities to crop,
enhance, and add effects
to your photos.
Record anything from a lecture to a
sound recorder. Play back, edit and
share your recordings.
photos or videos, and always have
them with you.
Pictures, videos, and documents are
automatically saved to OneDrive.
Everything works,
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Windows devices and services are
designed to stay in sync with your life.
A big part of that means taking care of
essential functions so you can stay
focused on what matters. Across your
personal and professional life and
devices, Windows keeps you up to
date, improves protection and
performance, and keeps everything
working well together. You’ll like the
gives you.
Windows works
better with more
stuff, at home and
at work
Printers, cameras, scanners, keyboards,
drives – most of us use peripherals and
we need our devices to work well with
them. Windows excels at cooperation,
so your PC or tablet is compatible with
a vast range of apps and connected
devices. Windows just works better
with more stuff.
to protect devices that are lost or
stolen. The Windows To Go feature
in the Enterprise edition allows a
complete enterprise environment,
including apps, to go onto a USB drive
That includes the stuff at work that you
need to access from other locations.
knowing you can access and use what
you need quickly and more securely.
let you work from more places with
secured access to corporate resources
– like work folders, apps, and services
– from any Internet connection. You
can also stay connected with
broadband tethering by turning your
mobile broadband-enabled device
into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that allows
other devices to connect.
Windows works well in corporate
environments making it easier to
bring the personal device you love to
work – and bring your work device
home – while keeping your IT
department happy. IT departments
running the Pro or Enterprise editions
of Windows 8.1 can use BitLocker
technology for device encryption, and
employ multi-factor authentication for
personal devices at work. They can
even manage business data removal
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A simple yet powerful app that
includes a standard calculator,
Quickly and easily scan documents
and pictures, and save them where
you’d like.
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From printers and scanners
to keyboards and mice,
Windows works with a
wider range of equipment
and software, giving you
with compatibility.
Stay focused
while Windows
minimizes delays
and distractions
Windows has some great new features
to sweep away distractions and help
them, your controls are a tap or click
away and you can change them
whenever you want.
notice is how much faster starting and
shutting down are. That’s a result of
and tiles updated with current
information by maintaining a network
connection and syncing automatically,
even while your device is in a
connected standby state. Your device
wakes up in an instant – going from
standby to “on” in under 300
milliseconds – and it can conserve
power for up to 14 days of battery life.
You’ll also notice fewer distractions.
Windows and app updates occur in
the background, so you keep current
without being interrupted with
But some interruptions are a good
thing, like when your alarm goes off or
a Skype call comes in. Windows gives
Use device-level settings to turn all
on a deadline. Use app-level settings
to dial controls up or down, like
hour while allowing other apps like
Calendar to stay on. However you use
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Bing Finance
This simple yet beautiful and
multi-functional timing app comes
with alarms, countdown timers, and
a stopwatch.
The Bing Finance app helps you
stay on top of fast-changing market
conditions to make informed decisions,
whether tracking your portfolio on
your live tile, spotting trends on the
exchanges, or using tools and
Stay better protected
with the latest
enhancements in
privacy and security
Security has always been important,
but in a mobile, socially-networked
world, privacy is a top concern, too.
Windows helps protect you on all
fronts, with features that are as
powerful as they are convenient.
Right out of the box, you get
safeguards against viruses, malware
and malicious websites with Windows
Defender and SmartScreen, which
analyzes sites as you browse to detect
and block threats.
Security and privacy take on added
meaning when children use the
computer. Windows provides familysafety features that let you set
individualized security and access
settings for each family member. This is
much more than just blocking offlimits websites. With the ability to set
how long kids are online, and even get
activity reports about time spent, sites
visited, and apps that were accessed.
On devices enabled with InstantGo,
Windows 8.1 encrypts your data at the
hardware level, by default, to help
safeguard your information even if
your device is lost or stolen. With
BitLocker device encryption, available
on Enterprise and Pro editions, your
Windows devices have additional
management safeguards built-in,
so there’s less hassle with downloads,
updates, or having to check
security logs.
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Windows devices and
services for business
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Your business operates in a new
world of mobility, cloud services and
employees’ personal devices. And your
IT department is dealing with a whole
new set of challenges. As your trusted
business partner, Windows has a
wealth of new features to help your
business stay ahead.
Windows brings together powerful
productivity apps and a range of ways
to ensure that your people can reach
the resources they need from any
device or location. It offers a range of
great connected devices and powerful
ways to customize them for your line
of work. And it helps take care of the
management and security essentials
so you can focus on your business.
Your partner in
For people in the business of getting
things done, there’s no better
productivity partner than Windows.
remotely, your people can rely on
Windows to help them get productive
and stay that way.
There’s nothing like the full power of
Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and
OneNote. Think of the new Bing Smart
Search as another productivity tool,
pulling in global results from across
There’s no need for separate search
modes, just start typing your search
term at the Start screen.
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Windows is also the ideal platform for
the in-house apps you’ve built to run
your business, as well as the apps you
have in development, whether for your
own customers, employees and
partners, or to sell more broadly in the
Windows Store. Existing desktop
software isn’t an issue because
employees can continue to use critical
Windows 7 apps without worrying
about compatibility.
To your mobile workforce, access is just
as important as apps. Windows has
powerful features and options to give
mobile workers seamless connectivity
to business resources from their
personal devices, while still allowing IT
to maintain necessary controls.
have their personal devices
authenticated for select access to
company resources, without the
full domain join process used for
company-owned devices. With Work
Folders, employees can keep their
personal device that syncs
automatically with their folder at work.
There’s a portal option, too: using the
Windows Intune service for enrollment,
IT can allow employees to access apps
and services on their personal devices
using a company portal.
with no need to install a client before
getting access. With auto-triggered
automatically prompted for credentials
to connect, as soon as they need access
to an internal app or URL. If they’ve
already provided their sign-in
automatically – no extra steps needed.
For people who need complete access
to their corporate network, Windows
Microsoft and other leading vendors,
employees to access
company resources with
authenticated personal
devices without requiring
the full domain join process
used for company-owned
8.1; may require a separate
purchase with Windows 8.1.
Great devices become
uniquely yours
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Your Windows PC or tablet is an
extension of you, with many ways
to personalize your experience. Pick
the perfect device, customize your
Start screen with the content and
backgrounds you want, and download
apps you love from the Windows Store.
Windows gives you virtually unlimited
options for creating an experience that
to you.
Great devices
customized for
your business
Every business is unique, and Windows
8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise
have the customization options that
people work.
The Start screen is the most visible part
of Windows and an ideal location for
displaying apps, services and sites
the tiles that display live updates, like
with sales orders and stock prices. You
can even customize the layout so
their function. For users that work with
a particular app, you can set their
device to start up in that app,
bypassing the Start screen entirely. Use
Assigned Access when you want to
lock a device to a single app or Internet
Explorer, such as for a kiosk on the
For customers using Windows 8.1
of devices, there’s Windows To Go.
Think of it as ‘Windows in your back
pocket’ because it puts an entire PC
experience onto a USB drive that can
device regardless of the operating
system on that device.
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Windows also supports a range
direct printing for using a printer
without connecting to the network,
integrated Miracast wireless display
(no need to carry around multiple
dongle adaptors), and an NFC tap-topair function that connects you with an
enterprise printer just by making a
For people who are often away from a
Wi-Fi connection, some Windows
devices now come with mobile
broadband integrated right into the
“system-on-a-chip,” making online
connections faster and more batteryabsent, you can use phone tethering
to turn your Windows 8.1 device into
a personal hotspot where your mobile
broadband connection appears as a
Wi-Fi network. You can even extend
Internet access to nearby colleagues
just by sharing the network name and
Always ready
for business
Windows devices and services are
designed to stay in sync with your
business, and that means taking care of
the essentials so you’re always focused
and ready.
Windows is known for protecting your
technology investments by being
uniquely compatible with a vast range
of hardware and software. Windows
also protects IT infrastructure
investments by letting IT staff manage
the personal devices people bring to
work. IT has more options for
managing tablets and other device
classes, including new support for
third-party mobile device
management (MDM) products.
Windows makes it easy
to conduct business away
a wide range of wireless
connection options that
help meet your needs for
convenience and security.
security and
In a world where cloud, mobility,
and bring-your-own-device factors
make security more important than
ever, Windows delivers enterprisegrade security with improved data
protection, new authentication
options, and features that make
devices less susceptible to malware
If there’s company data on a lost,
stolen or user-owned device, Windows
provides features for protecting that
data against unauthorized access.
Remote business data removal
provides an extra level of control over
company data on user-owned devices
by allowing IT administrators to
conduct a remote wipe while leaving
personal user data untouched. That’s
in addition to Device Encryption now
included on all Windows editions and
enabled automatically on devices that
meet InstantGo requirements. For
organizations with additional
management and security needs,
BitLocker protection can be added to
devices running Windows 8.1 Pro
or Enterprise.
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Windows also includes new native
for authenticating user identities. This
includes support for a new generation
of touch-based sensors, a common
enrollment experience that works with
new and existing swipe-based sensors,
and support for the biometric
authentication of users’ Windows
identity. Instead of typing passwords,
just touch to log in, buy apps from the
Windows Store, or access apps or
To increase protection against
malware, Windows has a number of
new features including an update to
Internet Explorer that analyzes site
code before malicious code can be
executed. An update to Windows
Defender includes network behavior
monitoring for detecting suspicious
app behavior. Windows is also now
protected by the power of the cloud: a
cloud-based service that conducts
remote malware checks is capable of
identifying highly sophisticated threats
including those designed to avoid
detection by Windows and antimalware software.
Windows 8.1 Update
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Windows 8.1 Update, released in April
2014, is a set of improvements that
provide more of what people love
about Windows: quicker access to
what’s important, a more familiar and
consistent experience across touch and
non-touch devices, and more ways to
discover great apps. Plus, new
available on a wider range of devices.
Get the update
today and enjoy all
the enhancements
Easier access to what’s important
non-touch devices, and if you’re on a
non-touch device, more controls, like
right-clicking to bring up a menu, are
familiar to you.
It’s faster and easier to access the
things that are important to you, like
your go-to apps and key controls. Your
boot screen, you can start up in the
place that’s most convenient and
productive for you, knowing you can
change it at any time.
The Windows Store comes pinned to
your taskbar, so new app discoveries
are always close by. With Bing Smart
Search, apps that are available in the
Windows Store are included in
dynamic suggestion lists and are more
prominently displayed in search results
– making it easy to get apps that
match what you’re looking for. Even
your Start screen helps, pointing you
to the apps you’ve recently installed, so
you don’t forget what you have.
More familiar
More choice
Your mouse and keyboard work more
intuitively, regardless of what screen
you’re on. Move your mouse to the top
of any app screen to access familiar
Minimize and Close buttons, even in
Windows Store apps; move your
mouse to the bottom of any screen to
get to the taskbar. Your experience is
more consistent across touch and
If you’re looking to buy a new
Windows device, you have a bigger
selection to choose from. Because of
right on the Start screen; you can now
pin Windows Store apps, as well as
desktop apps and your favorite
websites, to your taskbar so you can
quickly open or move between them.
And with the new boot-to-desktop
innovations from hardware partners,
Windows can run on a broader range
of PCs than ever before, including even
the smallest, most budget-friendly
tablets and notebooks.
screen and boot-to-desktop
default are available on
select devices.
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Windows 8.1 Update improves Internet
Explorer compatibility and increases
support for the latest hardware
platforms. It also provides extended
support for mobile device management
help make traditional Windows
customers more productive. Find out
more at
Get faster access to what’s
most important. Pin all
your favorite sites and apps,
including Windows Store
apps, right to your taskbar.
And with the boot-todesktop feature on many
PCs, you can start up in the
familiar desktop and
instantly reach everything
pinned to your taskbar.
Get it now
Windows 8.1 Update is free. If you’re
running Windows 8.1, you’ll get the
update automatically through
Windows 8, install Windows 8.1 from
the Windows Store and it’ll
automatically include Windows 8.1
versions of Windows might require a
software purchase.
Enjoy a more familiar and
intuitive experience with
your mouse no matter what
screen you’re on. Here on
the Start screen, right-click
the tiles to bring up a menu
of convenient controls.
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Your Start Screen points you
to your recently installed
Windows Store apps, so
you’re always ready to use
and love the apps you have.
your Start screen, you can
quickly do a shut-down or
start a search.
Windows for
app builders
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Windows 8.1 represents a great
opportunity for app builders. From
productivity apps built with proven
technology for the Windows desktop,
to immersive mobile apps and games
available in the Windows Store, no
other platform has the same range of
experiences as Windows.
Windows makes it easy to optimize
experience. Apps are scalable for
running smoothly on a variety of
hardware from 7-inch tablets to
screens 40 inches and larger. The
Windows Store has been redesigned
as a global app marketplace with an
emphasis on discoverability and
monetization. The result is a platform
with a unique range of opportunities,
so app builders can harness their
creativity and capitalize on revenue
potential when building their best
apps for Windows.
technologies and
Windows 8.1 has made investments
in key areas like media, networking,
app platform with greater capabilities
and more options. Windows
developers have a range of choices in
programming language, deployment
model, and distribution method. From
11.2 and C++ for high-performance
business and productivity apps, we
have you covered. Deploy your app to
the Windows desktop and distribute it
however you choose, or certify your
mobile apps and take advantage of the
great new features in the Windows
2013 makes it easy to achieve your
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creative vision with a toolset that
leads the industry in features and
Through robust yet easyto-use tools and templates
from Microsoft, app
builders can quickly build
amazing, immersive
experiences for Windows.
Build the best
games for the best
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Take advantage of the powerful
hardware inside a PC by harnessing
most advanced games on any
platform. With Windows 8.1, we’ve
made some changes to make your
With GPU scaling, you can dynamically
resize your frame buffer to keep your
3D graphics smooth, while hardware
multi-plane overlay support keeps
your gorgeous 2D art and interfaces
looking their best in native resolution.
run more smoothly.
Tiled resources help you make the
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New low-level Direct3D Trim APIs
Shaders can now be compiled and
linked at runtime. Shaders can be
procedurally composed inside your
app, linked, and run without separate
You can use a map default buffer
operation to access GPU default
buffers directly from your app (if
supported by the device) without the
intermediate copy operation.
Windows 8.1 includes
a number of changes to
level of performance,
including GPU scaling for
smooth 3D graphics and
tiled resources for using
Create immersive
app experiences
With new advances in performance
and usability features, Windows 8.1
designing compelling app experiences.
Improved video and audio
create an app-perfect environment
responsive. Several new controls,
improved support for high-resolution
monitors, and composition
enhancements also make for smoother
animation and effects.
Live tiles on the Start screen start
working as soon as the app is installed,
and users have more tile-sizing options
available. Users can determine the
on-screen sizes of Windows 8.1 apps,
with a larger minimum width than
snapped apps had on Windows 8. The
default minimum is 500px in Windows
8.1, but developers can specify 320px
to have their apps snap smaller.
Existing desktop or Windows Store
apps continue to work as they did in
Windows 8.
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Additionally, more than two apps can
share the screen at the same time, and
a single app can also use multiple
monitors. Apps can remain open and
in the foreground when another app is
launched, sharing the screen and
staying in memory.
It all adds up to a more responsive
environment with more opportunities
to do your best development work
on Windows.
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Windows provides the tools
you need to make it easy for
a wide variety of devices
– build once, and then
deploy your apps to any
supported form factor.
Windows gives you
the tools and revenue
opportunities to create
a successful business.
Reach more
app lovers on
more devices
The Windows Store offers global
reach to more than 200 markets; more
markets means more potential
transactions and currency conversions,
making it easy for you to get paid for
sales around the world.
From the smallest tablets and
convertibles to high-powered PCs and
All-in-Ones, Windows 8.1 offers
customers a range of great devices and
customization options at many price
tablet that’s just right for them. With a
broad reach across a diverse range of
connected devices, Windows 8.1
provides a powerful opportunity to
reach a large and engaged user base.
To make it easy for your app to run
provide the tools you need for app
design, development and deployment.
Build it once, and then deploy your
apps to any supported form factor.
And once someone downloads your
app, it’s associated with their Microsoft
account, so it’s ready for them on all
their Windows 8.1 devices.
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More opportunities
for revenue
The Windows Store offers the best
terms for app builders in the industry.
Fees start at the industry norm of 30%
of app sales, but are reduced to only
20% after an app reaches $25,000 in
sales. More currencies are now
supported, giving you access to more
than 200 global markets. New for
Windows 8.1, Windows gift cards can
be applied to a user’s account for use
across Windows Store, Windows Phone
Additionally, limitations on in-app
purchase catalog size have been
removed, enabling large catalogs that
you can continue to build over time.
The Windows Store commerce
platform also now offers support for
consumable in-app purchases that can
be purchased by a customer, used, and
then purchased again. And if you use a
third-party commerce system for
in-app purchases, you can keep up to
100% of that revenue because the
Windows Store doesn’t charge fees for
third-party transactions.
Windows gift cards allow
users to make purchases in
a wider variety of markets,
and cards can be used
across Windows Store,
Windows Phone Store and
Let the Windows
Store work for you
Windows 8 introduced the world to
the Windows Store for downloading
and discovering great apps. The
Windows Store continues to evolve
with discovery, merchandising and
monetization choices that can help
you grow your business.
The Windows Store is all about
highlighting great apps and increasing
in the new design. Fresh layouts and
categories like ‘New & Rising’ make it
easier for users to stay up-to-date on
the hottest new entries to explore.
Personalized recommendations use
Bing’s advanced recommendation and
new favorites. And with Windows 8.1,
apps are updated automatically by
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most users have the newest and best
version of your app.
Additionally, the Start screen delivers
and sort their apps, either
alphabetically, or by most frequently
used. Users can also use Bing Smart
anywhere in Windows. This helps to
keep the app experience positive and
users eager to spend more time with
their apps.
As an app builder, you’ll be able to
access detailed app analytics, from
to the types of people downloading it,
also explore metrics about trends
throughout the Windows Store as a
whole, so you can see what types of
apps have been popular in different
markets and use that information to
plan new apps or new features.
The Windows Store has
evolved in ways to help
grow your business,
including helping users
discover new apps with
recommendations and
spotlights on new releases.
Windows in action
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Windows makes it easy to connect with
others, do detailed planning, organize
Whether you’re a student in class, a
professional on a work project, or just
want a better way to get things done,
Windows provides powerful apps and
services that work great together to
make things happen.
Taking and sharing
class notes
Exams are coming up in your European
History course and you want to keep
your grades high. As today’s lecture
begins, you open your Windows device
to your personalized Start screen,
where you scroll to the grouping
labeled “School”. This is where you’ve
put all the relevant app tiles and
folders for each course, so everything
you need is right in one place.
As the professor starts his talk, you’ve
got two apps open side by side on
your screen. One is a textbook you’ve
got open on your Kindle app for
following along in the text, the other is
the OneNote page you’ve opened for
keeping notes on today’s class. The
professor is a fast talker and it’s tough
trying to catch everything, so you use
the Record feature – right in the
OneNote app – to capture the full
audio alongside your notes. OneNote
timestamps your notes, so you can
the recording for cross-reference.
With OneNote, you can
easily take, organize and
share notes; a great Record
Audio feature captures
and timestamps audio for
easy reference.
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The professor frequently refers to
the textbook in his lecture. Windows
apps are designed to work well
together, so you can easily cut and
paste from the textbook app into your
reference – and share it to your
Reading List for later viewing.
things to OneNote before this, but
with OneDrive providing 7 GB of free
for easy access from anywhere, even
from a friend’s laptop.
During the lecture, the professor refers
to a recent incident he read in the
newspaper…or was it mentioned in the
textbook? Unlike other search engines,
Bing Smart Search pulls in results from
the web. Even if the professor is
absent-minded about the source of the
Apps work together so you
can share across apps, like
sharing an article from the
CNN app (seen here) to
your Reading List or
OneNote for later reading.
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Today’s lecture is over and you’re
headed to the library when a text
message pops up on your phone. It’s
a fellow student who missed the class
and is hoping you’ll share notes from
the lecture. You can do better than that:
because everything is in OneDrive, you
can access the notes – and the full
lecture audio – from the cloud without
even a pause because it syncs
automatically. You write back, “Here’s
the whole lecture. Get well soon!”
Planning a
fantastic vacation
Experience Windows at its best when
you’re pulling a lot of things together,
like when planning a sun-and-fun
vacation in San Diego from your spot
on the couch with your Windows
Most trips begin with research, and
Bing Smart Search gives you a
beautiful display of the most relevant
and popular information about San
Diego: attractions, stunning photos,
and one-click access to Bing Maps and
Travel apps. With much more than a
list of links, you’ve got an organized
and aggregated set of results ready to
take action.
Smart, well-planned action is what
Bing Travel is all about. Area info, top
attractions, things to do, hotels, and
more – this app is made for how we
plan trips.
Some of the best features are 360°
panoramas that feel like you’re right in
the harbor or on the beach, and
reviews from Fodor’s, Frommer’s,
Lonely Planet, and Trip Advisor – all on
a single screen. So you can easily
interest – beaches, parks, or nightlife
– for everyone in the family.
Bing Smart Search conducts
a universal search across
the web, and displays
results in an intelligent,
organized way, based on
what is most popular with
Find a destination, plan
your itinerary, share
information, and move
easily between apps. You
can snap two apps
alongside each other,
or, depending on your
monitor, open up to four
same time.
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Trips involve a lot of logistics and
Windows shines at coordination. When
to go? Launch the Weather app to
bring up a side-by-side window of rain
and temp averages showing the best
month (September) to visit. How to
get there? Launch the Maps app for a
side-by-side window of driving
distance and time – and easily share
the route through the People app to
your favorite social networking sites.
One swipe opens your email and the
details load automatically – no cutting
and pasting.
traveling with. You can easily email
the travel details (hotel, location, and
the plans.
Now, you’re ready to book. Top
booking sites –,,
Priceline, Orbitz, and others – come up
in your browser, and your preferences
are automatically transferred, so you
can reserve your room without
re-entering the details.
Now, where to stay? Evaluate hotels by
date, amenity, price, class, and map it
to see everything that’s close by. The
last thing before booking is to get the
OK from the loved ones you’ll be
Bing Travel is designed for
how people plan trips,
providing info about top
attractions and reviews
from top sites like Fodor’s
and Lonely Planet; easily
access Maps for driving
directions and Mail for
sharing your plans.
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Research, selection, booking, sharing,
approvals – you’ve just handled
everything in a few minutes using
apps that coordinate with each other.
If you tried this on any other tablet,
you’d be jumping through sites and
apps trying to manage all the logistics
through a browser.
All that’s left is to tell the
grandparents. Open the Skype
app to deliver the news face to face.
The grandparents are so thrilled,
they might join you for a few days.
Easily book hotels by
launching your favorite
booking site right from
Bing Travel. The multitasking feature in Windows
lets you have more than
one app open at once, even
on tablets.
Mixing some
downtime with
some uptime
Having fun and getting things done
are top priorities, whether it’s a work
week or a summer holiday. As personal
and professional lives are combined in
new ways, Windows has the apps and
services to help everyone stay
connected with the world, keep the
kids entertained, and stay in touch
headed to San Diego with the family.
But there are some critical projects
going on at work, and you need to stay
Can you count on your Windows tablet
to keep you productive while being a
great travel companion for the whole
crew? Yes, you can. So there’s no need
to lug the work laptop along.
Your Windows tablet
is a great coworker
and travel companion,
keeping you productive
on the go without you
needing to take your work
laptop along.
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After a couple hours on the road, the
your Windows tablet can be a talented
entertainer. You’ve set up individual
user accounts so the kids can each
sign in to their own individual settings
and apps. After talking it over, they
decide to watch a movie together, but
they could also play games they’ve
downloaded, or listen to music, and
you can know that all your content
and settings are kept separate and
Once someone else signs in,
their own personalized Start
screen appears. So the kids
can have their own content
and settings, and it’s all kept
safe and separate from
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A few hours later, it’s time for lunch
and a quick check of work email on
your phone. Urgent message from
your boss: she needs edits to a board
presentation by 3:00 P.M. Many tablets
are not suited for real productivity, but
Windows tablet, you can click on the
link in the email and start working
boss started. You review her edits,
make your own changes, and save the
update, with no need for attachments
and no version confusion. Thanks to
Direct Access and Work Folders, you’re
easily connected to the corporate
network from any Wi-Fi connection.
Windows makes it easy to
from the road: you can
connect to the corporate
network using Direct Access
Work Folders.
8.1; may require a separate
purchase with Windows 8.1.
Back on the road, you’ve reached
the coast near San Diego just as the
day is winding down. A shout from
the back seat – one of the kids has
spotted a stunning view over the water.
You pull over, and the 8-year-old holds
the tablet up just as the sun dips into
the sea. He’s captured the perfect
shot – a full panorama of sea, sky,
and land – because the built-in Camera
app makes it easy. You can take a
photo instantly from the Lock screen
without having to enter a password,
At the hotel later that evening, you
power on your Windows tablet to
check the photos you’ve taken along
the way. That fantastic sunset is a great
one to share, so you access the editing
tools to crop the photo just right. With
a quick swipe to Share to the People
app, you send an email, or post to your
social network: “Amazing sunset on our
trip to CA!”
know that one of those photos is that
picture-perfect moment. You quickly
pick the one you like best and you’re
back on the road.
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The Camera and Photos
apps are great for taking
and editing photos and,
because Windows apps
work so well together, you
can easily share them in
email or post to your
social networks.
with the way you
live – and ready for
you right now
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As the evolution of the Windows 8
vision, Windows 8.1 offers the great
devices, essential apps and cloudbased services designed for the way
you live. Take advantage of the best
hardware designs and technologies,
enjoy the fun and freedom of
personalizing your experience, and
then let Windows bring everything
together so apps and services interact
intelligently and beautifully with each
other and stay in sync with you.
Windows 8.1 Product Guide
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