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#1 FaiKee

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 14:30

Enjoy the reading guys :laugh:

http://www.microsoft...-1/default.aspx

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Scroll down to bottom of page - don't miss the "whats new" -
http://technet.micro...id=wc-mscom-ent

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#2 vetneufuse

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 14:45

I love how they wrote that like touch is the only way people do stuff anymore and there is this niche market for "mouse and keyboard"..... almost like we don't care about you anymore but since you complained here you go...

#3 OP FaiKee

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 14:55

  • Build 9415-winmain shown in TechEd.

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#4 Mugwump00

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 15:05

When did that Recycle Bin icon debut?

Sort it out Microsoft, FFS!

#5 moloko

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 15:07

How do you make the tiles super large? i want my desktop and photo tiles to be giant. Really there are only small changes here. Start menu/ metro is meh for me.

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.
Boot to Desktop

We have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1.


Very happy about these changes

#6 TPreston

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 15:09

Workplace Join

A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not. If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms. This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing access, allowing a user to work on the device of their choice and still have access to corporate resources With Workplace Join, IT administrators now have the ability to offer finer-grained control to corporate resources. If a user registers their device, IT can grant some access while still enforcing some governance parameters on the device.

RDS Enhancements

Enhanced Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in Windows Server 2012 R2 with improvements in management, value, and user experience. Session Shadowing allows administrators to view and remotely control active user sessions in an RDSH server. Disk dedupe and storage tiering allow for lower cost storage options. User experience for RemoteApps, network connectivity and multiple displays has been improved. Administrators can now easily support users with session desktops to provide helpdesk style support. Administrators now have even more flexible storage options to support a VDI environment without expensive SAN investments. End users will find RemoteApp behavior is more like local apps, and the experience in low-bandwidth is better, with faster reconnects and improved compression, and support for multiple monitors.

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, just attach a NFC tag to your existing machines. And you don’t need to buy new printers to take advantage of this; you can simply put an NFC tag on your existing printers to enable this functionality.

Auto-triggered VPN

When you select an app or resource that needs access through the inbox VPN – like a company’s intranet site – Windows 8.1 will automatically prompt you to sign in with one click. This feature will be available with Microsoft and third-party inbox VPN clients.

Selective Wipe of Corporate Data

Corporations now have more control over corporate content which can be marked as corporate, encrypted, and then be wiped when the relationship between the corporation and user has ended. Corporate data can now be identified as corporate vs. user, encrypted, and wiped on command using EAS or EAS + OMA-DM protocol. This capability is requires implementation in the client application and in the server application (Mail + Exchange Server). The client application determines if the wipe simply makes the data inaccessible or actually deletes it.

Improved Biometrics

All SKUs will include end to end biometric capabilities that enable authenticating with your biometric identity anywhere in Windows (Windows sign-in, remote access, User Account Control, etc.). Blue will be optimized for fingerprint based biometrics and will include a common fingerprint enrollment experience that will work with a variety of readers (touch, swipe). Modern readers are touch based rather than swipe and include liveliness detection that prevents spoofing (e.g.: silicon emulated fingerprints). Access to Windows Store Apps, functions within them, and certificate release can be gated based on verification of a user’s biometric identity.

Device Lockdown

With Assigned Access, a new feature offered in Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise, you can enable a single Windows Store application experience on the device. This can be things like a learning application for kids in an educational setting or a customer service application at a boutique, Assigned Access can ensure the device is delivering the intended experience. In our Windows Embedded 8.1 industry product, we deliver additional lockdown capabilities to meet the needs of industry devices like point of sale systems, ATMs, and digital signs.

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.


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#7 vcfan

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 15:09

I love how they wrote that like touch is the only way people do stuff anymore and there is this niche market for "mouse and keyboard"..... almost like we don't care about you anymore but since you complained here you go...


theyre talking about metro apps. they improved the experience for keyboard and mouse input.

#8 George P

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 15:19

I'm surprised no one said this yet but look at the Office 2013 tiles in the teched screenshot. MS did say that now even desktop apps can have full looking tiles though app developers will have to do that I guess? Or does the system do it? Anyways, they no longer have to be the default tile with a desktop icon in the middle like in Win8.

#9 Studio384

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 15:31

I'm surprised no one said this yet but look at the Office 2013 tiles in the teched screenshot. MS did say that now even desktop apps can have full looking tiles though app developers will have to do that I guess? Or does the system do it? Anyways, they no longer have to be the default tile with a desktop icon in the middle like in Win8.

The system will do it, just in the same way as the hover effect on the taskbar in Windows 7 and 8: the icons primary color as background. However, I won't be surprised if developers are able to force a color

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 15:48

I love how they wrote that like touch is the only way people do stuff anymore and there is this niche market for "mouse and keyboard"..... almost like we don't care about you anymore but since you complained here you go...


So much for all the people claiming it wasn't touch centric.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 16:09

Improved Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 11 improvements include faster page load times, side-by-side browsing of your sites, 3D graphics, enhanced pinned site notifications, reading view and app settings like favorites, tabs and settings sync across all your Windows 8.1 PCs. Internet Explorer 11 now includes capability that enables an antimalware solution to scan the input for a binary extension before it’s passed onto the extension for execution


I guess this confirms WebGL.

#12 BajiRav

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 16:11

that woman's photo is just awkward :laugh:

#13 Dot Matrix

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 16:18

When did that Recycle Bin icon debut?

Sort it out Microsoft, FFS!


There's more important things to work on that trying to create new icons. I wish they would change too, but look at the new features that are coming with 8.1, Microsoft has been really busy as of late.

#14 George P

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 16:22

The system will do it, just in the same way as the hover effect on the taskbar in Windows 7 and 8: the icons primary color as background. However, I won't be surprised if developers are able to force a color


Yeah but I believe they said you can also add notifications/tile counts to desktop apps now as well? Or maybe i'm remembering it wrong?

#15 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 16:25

i have not seen this much excitement for a "Service pack" update than for Windows 98 SE